Working as a Foreman in the Construction Industry
Working in the Construction Industry produces many challenges for tradesmen, as it is very demanding on their physical stamina and requires them to stay up to date with regulations in their Industry, which are constantly changing to keep pace with technology and a faster pace of progress in a valued and demanding workplace.
Once you have finished your Apprenticeship, the favoured way to learn your trade, you will be in great demand for the skills you bring to the industry.
Working your way up in an organisation requires dedication, maximum attention to your skill level and a busy employer willing to guide you in the right direction.
When you have honed your skills and put in your time, the position of Foreman holds great responsibility.
The Foreman is responsible for the day to day running of the work site, Occupational Health & Safety requirements (if not directly, he must oversee compliance issues with the OH&S Officer, if one is designated to the site.
The Foreman is also responsible for keeping work rate according to the time allocated, keeping the site on budget and solving any problems which arise which may cause delays. They will also work closely with the Project Manager, as complex building issues require a close working relationship.
The Foreman may be involved before construction actually commences on the site, liaising with contractors to confirm time lines, setting up quality control criteria and communication between all parties involved in the project.
They must have a proven track record covering all safety aspects of the site, and must be constantly inspecting the progress of the works, reporting back to developer, contractor or engineer, as the need arises.
Working in the Construction Industry produces many challenges for tradesmen, is very demanding on their physical stamina and requires them to stay up to date with regulations in their Industry, which are constantly changing to keep pace with technology and a faster pace of progress in a valued and demanding workplace.
There are many aspects of the buidling industry to choose from including residential, retail,commercial, industrial, to name a few.
There can be various employers, including Local Councils, State & Federal Governments, independent developers and contractors, Home Building companies etc., so there is great variety in building projects to choose from.
The foreman is also totally responsible for the day to day activities on a site, so needs to have a flexible attitude, as any number of challenges may be thrown at them during a day’s work. A stable employment history is required, along with a positive and proactive attitude to complement their management skills will ensure they will be in high demand on Construction sites in the chosen field.