What does a Superintendent do?

A construction Superintendent is a field-based professional who manages projects and ensures that all aspects of the project are operating smoothly and delivered on schedule. They collaborate with engineers and subcontractors to identify the different resources required for each project, including costs, to aid in determining the project’s budget. 

A construction Superintendent keeps track of a project from start to finish. This includes the creation a workforce and project schedule, as well as participating in weekly progress report meetings. 

Superintendent Responsibilities

  • Assist in all levels of the project, including project execution, project planning, procurement of construction materials, preconstruction, and health and safety planning.  
  • Review the project plans and identify constructability concerns, design deficiencies, or value engineering options.    
  • Prepare a site logistics plan prior to starting construction.    
  • Strictly implement safe protocols for all project personnel, subcontractors, suppliers, and visitors.    
  • Manage complete project field operations and schedule to deliver quality projects exceeding client expectations.
  • Responsible for forecasting and managing all personnel and material resources consistent with the scope of work and budget allocation; responsible for quality control/quality assurance.
  • Develop and manage schedule, utilizing pre-construction estimates/bid profile.
  • Analyze construction/production problems, providing effective resolutions.
  • Maintain proper documentation and communication regarding daily reports, submittals, RFIs, change orders, and punch-list items.
  • Enforce and maintain a safe work environment, coordinate safety, and quality inspections.
  • Update as-built conditions or changes in contract documents and coordinate with subcontractors, suppliers, and field personnel for implementation.  

Superintendent Qualifications

  • 2+ years’ Superintendent experience, with experience managing commercial projects. Depending upon the project size, scope, and complexity, the years of experience may vary and may require an ability to assist with more than one project at a time.  
  • A complete understanding of the construction process, including cost control, scheduling, safety regulations, and engineering is required.  
  • Knowledge of contract risk management, as well as client-contract requirements and subcontractor requirements.
  • Some knowledge in earthwork, concrete, wood framing, drywall, and finishes is ideal.
  • Experience working with local municipalities, inspectors, utility providers, and officials.
  • Ability to read and understand Construction Documents such as blueprints, scopes of work, schedules, specifications, safety manuals, etc.
  • Familiarity with Change Orders, Purchase Orders, and Variance Purchase Orders.
  • Fundamental knowledge of labor laws and regulatory compliance.
  • Experience with basic MS Office Suite and proficiency using scheduling and project management software.
  • Advanced knowledge of various construction disciplines, safety regulations, scheduling, budget/cost control, and quality control.  
  • Ability to read and understand plans and specifications.  
  • Industry-specific knowledge of operations, equipment, methods, and materials.  
  • Maintain OSHA 10, First Aid, and CPR certifications.  

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