Construction ForemanSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions
Construction foremen make sure things run smoothly at a job site, and they serve as a liaison between the workers and supervisors. A foreman’s key tasks include scheduling, monitoring progress on a project, and quality control. They need to have excellent communication skills and keen attention to detail.
Sample job description #1
As the foreman you will be involved in overseeing a crew to complete various phases of our construction projects up to and including all phases from start to finish.
The projects include residential and commercial and can be uniquely different so the only constant is change; you should be ready for and ok with change.
Plan, organize, and participate in construction projects.
Help manage costs to keep projects within budget.
Predict resources needed to complete projects.
Issue technical site visit progress updates as needed.
Train and mentor workers and laborers depending on the size of the project.
Lead Teams across multiple different trades.
In charge of and responsible for equipment and materials on site.
Monitor and ensure on-site safety compliance, cleanliness and orderliness.
In charge of on-site quality control.
Maintain records for site personnel such as daily field reports, field orders and RFIs.
Creating a culture within the organization of exceptional service to clients and employees.
Participating actively as a key member of the Management Team, including demonstrating leadership through strong communications skills, use of business metrics to determine strategy and resource needs and showing a high level of focus on continual quality improvement.
Knowledge of regulations and permits required.
Understands and reads blueprints and specifications.
General knowledge or construction trades, materials and construction methods.
Organized, with exceptional time management skills, the ability to plan and multitask in order to meet deadlines.
Great customer service, and communication skills.
Proven leadership skills.
Ability to both do and delegate work.
Experience in managing multiple tasks, priorities, projects.
Enjoys working with a team and has a positive, constructive attitude.
Willing and open to learn new tasks and work outside of your knowledge comfort zone.
Ability to lift 40 pounds and to operate heavy equipment.
Education and experience
Must have a background in Residential and Commercial.
Trade school and apprenticeship are preferred.
5+ years of experience as field foreman / manager with licensed contractors.
Sample job description #2
The Construction Foreman – .plans, directs and oversees activities of employees engaged in construction, installation and repair of structures and fixtures. Ensures goal are accomplished and deadlines are met. Enforces strong focus on quality and safety standards.
Studies blueprints to determine dimensions of structure.
Selects materials and structural units, ensuring conformance with provisions of building code and local ordinance.
Determines sequence of activities concerned with fabrication, assembly, and erection of structure.
Assigns workers to such tasks as cutting material to size, building concrete forms, erecting wooden framework, installing doors, building stairs, and laying flooring.
Ensures safety precautions are followed.
Inspects work performed by subcontractors, including ductwork, wiring, and pipe installations, to ensure conformance with specifications.
Mentors, coaches, trains and develops team.
Qualifications and requirements
6+ years progressive construction experience.
3+ years in a leadership role.
Routine travel either locally or nationally may be required.
High degree of proficiency in MS Office Suite, Outlook & Internet applications.
Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, & reasoning).
Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts.
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients.
Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment.
Ability to work with and influence peers and management.
Self-motivated with critical attention to detail, deadlines and reporting.
Sample job description #3
With our collaborative powerhouse teams, comprehensive service offerings, and national footprint, we are the nation’s desired strategic partner for telecom assets maintenance, repair, and expansion. Our broad service capabilities and geographic footprint throughout the United States and provides an excellent home for field and technical professionals to grow and advance their careers.
Maintaining, repairing, reskinning, and installing wireline telecommunication infrastructure.
Concrete pad removal, form new pad and pour new concrete
Supervision of field team
Occasional painting of metal cabinets (sand, tape, tarp, primer, paint)
Traveling to remote job sites as needed (company vehicle provided)
5+ Construction experience
3+ years Foreman / Supervisory experience
Compliance with FCC/FAA/EPA/OSHA Regulations
Knowledge of electronic, mechanical, and electrical components
High School Degree or Equivalent
Must be able to comply with DOT physical requirements: Able to work in extreme weather, high altitudes, and in remote areas; able to climb over 80 ft, lift over 50 pounds, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, climbing, and standing for long periods of time; have an unimpaired hearing; able to distinguish between colors; read printed materials.
Must be able/willing to comply with all safety procedures and protective gear
Able to operate a computer or tablet
Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and by email
Must have a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record (if driving a Company Vehicle) and be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a construction foreman is $56,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
How do you organize, plan, and prioritize your work?
What are the key responsibilities of a construction foreman?
How do you educate on-site personnel regarding safety procedures and how do you ensure their safety?
What would you do if extreme weather conditions or labor action caused delays in the project?
Can you give us an example of how you handled an unsafe situation in your past or current role?
Have you ever been injured on the job? If so, what happened? What would you do differently now to prevent the injury from happening again?
How would you handle a situation if you and a coworker have a disagreement about a work issue?
How do you keep workers motivated to perform accurately with changing requests, obstacles, time constraints, and budget limitations?
Which practical steps would you take if a project starts falling behind or exceeds the budget?
What steps have you taken in terms of further developing your skill set?
What was the most complex construction project you’ve been involved with?
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
How would you rate your communication skills?
In your experience, what is the key to developing a good team?
Have you ever experienced conflict with superiors? How did you handle it?
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