Assistant Construction SuperintendentSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Assistant construction superintendents help oversee the building of houses, offices, schools, roads, bridges, and other projects. They work closely with the superintendent to manage construction sites. Some of their key responsibilities include scheduling, supervising workers, and meeting with clients. Assistant construction superintendents need to have solid communication skills and be able to work well with others.

Sample job description #1

What you’ll do

The Assistant Construction Superintendent is a “hands-on, on-site” role. The Assistant Construction Superintendent works closely with the Construction Superintendent and trades to ensure adherence to the construction schedule and support the overall new Homebuyer satisfaction with their new home.

Your key responsibilities include

  • Assistant Construction Superintendent with all construction activities.
  • Assist with direction for all field personnel to complete the project on schedule, within budget, and with quality workmanship that conforms to original plans and specifications.
  • Help maintain construction schedule, identify problems and provide solutions, emphasizing Cycle Time adherence.
  • Orders materials and schedules inspections as necessary throughout the process.
  • Assist with house starts within prescribed budgets, validating work completed before vendor payment. Properly negotiate the best value when Variance Purchase Orders (VPOs) are required, along with obtaining authorization for reporting Superintendent for any indirect construction expenses necessary to manage the job site.
  • Ensures compliance of development, architectural, and engineering plans and specifications.
  • Assist in the preparation and filing of contractors’ paperwork.
  • Ensure purchase orders are promptly processed.
  • Use scheduling software and update tasks as directed by the community Construction Superintendent.
  • Maintain constant quality control inspection on all job phases as directed by Construction Superintendent.
  • Keep Construction Superintendents informed of subcontractor personnel, the amount of work accomplished, and whether the subcontractor is on schedule.
  • Ensure homes are 100% ready at QA Day 1 and ensure homes are 100% ready and clean on the day of the Pre-Closing Orientation (PCO).
  • Manage a community for short periods if the Construction Superintendent is absent.
  • Handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment while remaining calm and positive.
  • Check for safety violations of all job site workers daily.
  • Help maintain the materials list posted in the construction office trailer.
  • Be familiar with the Safety and Construction Standards manuals.
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned.

What you have

  • Experience in scheduling, ordering, field supervision, quality control.
  • Efficiency in handling multiple projects and working in a fast-paced environment while being calm and positive.
  • Proficiency with blueprints.
  • Effective with managers and employees at all levels.
  • Proactive at developing positive relationships and productive culture.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to get along with diverse personalities.
  • A “roll-up-your-sleeves” personality and is comfortable working “hands-on” when necessary.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Very organized with a systematic approach to achieving accuracy and efficiency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications (Excel, Word).
  • Previous experience with BuildPro construction software is a plus.

Your education and experience

  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in Construction Management is preferred but not required.
  • 2+ years of experience in the Construction / Homebuilding industry.
  • OSHA 10/30 Construction qualification preferred.
  • Familiarity with Hyphen Solutions applications (BuildPro/SupplyPro) is preferred but not required.

Sample job description #2

Responsibilities

  • Assists the project Superintendent and Project Manager by performing a variety of tasks in support of construction activities. Duties may differ depending on the specialty area.
  • Must hold all applicable licenses and/or certificates as required by governmental, regional or project contractual requirements
  • Responsible for and ensures project safety compliance.
  • Must be knowledgeable of applicable safety riders for area of responsibility.
  • Activities may include inspection of engineering installations for compliance with specifications; maintaining project documentation
  • Relies on general to moderately complex knowledge of procedures, company policies, and business practices to plan and accomplish goals.
  • At this level, incumbents normally can handle a wide range of relatively complex protocols; viewed as fully competent within limits of experience.
  • Works under general supervision.

Minimum requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED and 4 years of progressive experience as an Assistant Superintendent or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in construction from a large General Contractor working with vertical construction.
  • Experience with the oversight of subcontractors and building trades.
  • Experience with construction documentation.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams)
  • Experience with CMIC or other construction applications
  • Experience working as a tradesperson on a construction site.

Sample job description #3

Responsibilities

  • Assist the superintendent in overseeing daily operations of the construction site
  • Ensure safety, compliance, and quality regulations are strictly followed
  • Directly supervise crews for specific tasks or roles
  • Manage jobsite clean-up and housekeeping with subcontractors
  • Assist the superintendent and subcontractors with lay-out
  • Managing site security
  • Collect daily reports, manpower, and safety documentation from subcontractors
  • Has a team player mentality to help where needed

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in construction-related work
  • A high school diploma or GED required
  • Able to operate construction equipment (forklift, lifts, demolition equipment)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Able to read construction documents
  • Familiar with regulatory construction standards
  • Must be able to work outdoors for extended periods of time
  • Able to move and lift weights up to 50 pounds, able to climb ladders, scaffolding, etc. (activities typically required in construction work)
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Basic math and computer skills
  • Skilled in managing people
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an assistant construction superintendent is $62,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$61,650$83,400
Los Angeles, California$69,550$92,200
Denver, Colorado$57,950$78,450
Washington, DC$70,600$95,550
Miami, Florida$57,700$78,050
Orlando, Florida$53,250$72,000
Tampa, Florida$53,750$72,750
Atlanta, Georgia$56,400$76,300
Chicago, Illinois$64,800$87,700
Boston, Massachusetts$70,100$94,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$55,850$75,600
New York City, New York$73,800$99,800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$60,100$81,300
Dallas, Texas$58,500$79,150
Houston, Texas$57,950$78,450
Seattle, Washington$67,450$91,250
National Average$52,700$71,300

Sample interview questions

  • What motivates you at work?
  • What qualities does a good assistant construction superintendent have?
  • What are your most important responsibilities and duties as an assistant construction superintendent?
  • Do you have strong written and verbal communication skills?
  • Are you good at multitasking?
  • How do you ensure organization on project sites?
  • How do you educate on-site personnel regarding safety procedures and how do you ensure their safety?
  • In your experience, what is the key to developing a good relationship with clients and workers?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How did you manage daily field reports for the construction projects of previous employers?
  • How do you ensure staying within budget?
  • Do you work well under pressure? 
  • How do you keep your work organized?  
  • Tell me about a time you made a mistake. How did you handle it? 
  • How well do you know the health and safety laws?

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