What does a Construction Superintendent do?
Construction Superintendents are generally employed by construction companies to manage building projects and supervise the day-to-day activities involved with constructing a new structure. They assess the resources needed to complete a construction project and generate cost estimates to help set the project budget. Construction Superintendents manage the general construction staff, hiring specialists, delegating tasks to team members and creating the staff schedule. They observe all activities on a construction site and maintain a site log that explains what was accomplished and where the construction team needs to resume the next workday.
Construction Superintendent skills and qualifications
Construction Superintendents use a variety of soft skills, technical abilities and industry knowledge to manage a construction project effectively, including:
- Excellent communication abilities, including writing, speaking and active listening
- Knowledge of construction budgeting best practices
- Good planning skills, including design execution, resource allocation and contingencies
- Understanding of construction equipment, including safe operating practices and signs of maintenance issues
- In-depth understanding of local, state and federal construction regulations
- Great problem-solving and decision-making skills
- Effective leadership abilities, like motivation, goal-setting and conflict management
- Organizational skills, including time management, delegation, prioritization and multitasking
Construction Superintendent salary expectations
A Construction Superintendent makes an average of $90,446 per year. Salary may depend on level of education, experience and geographical location.
Construction Superintendent education and training requirements
Construction Superintendent candidates may qualify for this role with only a high school diploma or GED and years of on-the-job training from previous experience and certifications. Many candidates have an associate or bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture, engineering or another relevant discipline. Candidates may also have professional certifications, including Certified Construction Manager or Certified Professional Constructor. Safety and heavy machinery operations training and certification may also be common.
Construction Superintendent experience requirements
As a supervisory position, Construction Superintendent candidates should have years of previous experience in the construction industry. Previous managerial experience on a construction team is also beneficial. Many candidates have worked in construction as Construction Workers, Designers, Engineers, Planners or in other capacities. They likely have earned promotions, additional and more complex responsibilities and leadership opportunities that enable them to apply for a Construction Superintendent role. Other experienced candidates may already have previous experience as a Construction Superintendent.
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