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Become A Construction Superintendent

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Working As A Construction Superintendent

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Getting Information
  • $95,760

    Average Salary

What Does A Construction Superintendent Do

The main duty of a Construction Superintendent is to handle the project’s schedule to ensure that deadlines are met. They coordinate employees and subcontractors, control production costs, and train and support technicians.

How To Become A Construction Superintendent

Large construction firms increasingly prefer candidates with both construction experience and a bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field. While some individuals with a high school diploma and many years of experience in a construction trade may be hired as construction managers, these individuals are typically qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Education

It is becoming increasingly important for construction managers to have a bachelor’s degree in construction science, construction management, architecture, or engineering. As construction processes become more complex, employers are placing greater importance on specialized education.

More than 100 colleges and universities offer accredited bachelor’s degree programs in construction science, building science, or construction engineering. These programs include courses in project control and management, design, construction methods and materials, cost estimation, building codes and standards, and contract administration. Courses in mathematics and statistics are also relevant.

More than fifty 2-year colleges offer construction management or construction technology programs. An associate’s degree combined with work experience is typical for managers who supervise smaller projects.  

A few universities offer master’s degree programs in construction management.

Those with a high school diploma and several years of relevant work experience may qualify to become a construction manager, although most are qualified to become self-employed general contractors.

Training

New construction managers are typically hired as assistants and work under the guidance of an experienced manager. This training period may last several months to several years, depending on the firm.

Work Experience

If the typical education is not obtained, practical construction experience is important for jobseekers, because it reduces the need for initial on-the-job training. Internships, cooperative education programs, and previous work in the construction industry can provide that experience. Some construction managers become qualified solely through extensive construction experience, spending many years in carpentry, masonry, or other construction specialties.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is becoming increasingly important for construction managers. Certification is valuable because it can demonstrate knowledge and experience.

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. It is recommended that applicants for this certification complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

The American Institute of Constructors awards the Associate Constructor (AC) and Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) designations to candidates who meet its requirements and pass the appropriate construction exams.

Some states require licensure for construction managers. For more information, contact your state licensing board.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Most managers plan a project strategy, handle unexpected issues and delays, and solve problems that arise over the course of the project. In addition, many managers use cost-estimating and planning software to determine costs and the materials and time required to complete projects.

Business skills. Construction managers address budget matters and coordinate and supervise workers. Choosing competent staff and establishing good working relationships with them is critical.

Customer-service skills. Construction managers are in constant contact with owners, inspectors, and the public. They must form good working relationships with these people and ensure their needs are met.

Decisionmaking skills. Construction managers choose personnel and subcontractors for specific tasks and jobs. Often, these choices must be made quickly to meet deadlines and budgets.

Initiative. Self-employed construction managers generate their business opportunities and must be proactive in finding new clients. They often market their services and bid on jobs, and they must also learn to perform special home improvement projects, such as installing mosaic glass tiles, sanding wood floors, and insulating homes.

Leadership skills. Managers must effectively delegate tasks to construction workers, subcontractors, and other lower level managers.

Speaking skills. Managers must give clear orders, explain complex information to construction workers and clients, and discuss technical details with other building specialists, such as architects. Self-employed construction managers must get their own projects, so the need to sell their services to potential clients is critical.

Technical skills. Managers must know construction methods and technologies, and must be able to interpret contracts and technical drawings.

Time-management skills. Construction managers must meet deadlines. They ensure that construction phases are completed on time so that the next phase can begin as scheduled. For instance, a building’s foundation cannot be constructed until the land is completely excavated.

Writing skills. Construction managers must write proposals, plans, and budgets, as well as document the progress of the work for clients and others involved in the building process.

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Real Construction Superintendent Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Construction Superintendent Ausenco Psi LLC Elko, NV Jun 10, 2013 $248,977
Construction Superintendent Battleground DEV. LLC Manalapan, NJ Apr 21, 2010 $102,263
Construction Superintendent Quality Home Remodeling, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Sep 11, 2015 $70,144
Construction Superintendent Spectra Enterprise, LLC Raleigh, NC Aug 21, 2013 $64,293
Construction Roadway Superintendent FCC Construction, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2011 $63,770
Construction Superintendent Quality Home Remodeling, Inc. Agoura Hills, CA Sep 14, 2016 $63,737
Construction Superintendent S. Visions Construction II, Inc. CA Oct 20, 2016 $63,523
Construction Superintendent Manco Associates LC Houston, TX Sep 20, 2016 $58,552
Construction Superintendent 1 HC Beck, Ltd. Fort Worth, TX Aug 18, 2016 $58,500
Construction Superintendent Simmons Commercial, LLC Stillwater, OK Jan 09, 2012 $57,000
Construction Superintendent Simmons Commercial, LLC Stillwater, OK Feb 01, 2012 $57,000
Construction Superintendent Triton Interests, Ltd Houston, TX Feb 15, 2014 $55,000 -
$60,000
Construction Superintendent NAC Construction, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 01, 2010 $49,000
Construction Superintendent Innovative Technical Solutions, Inc. Nov 15, 2011 $45,760

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Top Skills for A Construction Superintendent

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Top Construction Superintendent Skills

  1. Scheduling Subcontractors
  2. Sub-Contractors
  3. Construction Projects
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained productive workflow by effectively scheduling subcontractors and material deliveries, completing projects on-time and within-budget.
  • Coordinated sub-contractors work and daily construction progress.
  • Managed commercial construction projects, including remodels, tenant improvements, and ground up projects.
  • Conferred with supervisory personnel and labor representatives to resolve complaints and grievances within work force.
  • Prepared community OSHA logs and other posted safety requirements.

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