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The purpose of the AGC Supervisory Training Program is to contribute to your professional development — whether you are a construction supervisor, someone who aspires to become a construction supervisor or a person who works with construction supervisors. This course is specifically for first-line supervisors who are responsible for jobsite work tasks on a construction project.
Why Should You Study Supervision?
Contractors strive to fill supervisory positions with well-trained workers in order to achieve project success. Often times, smaller companies outsource their training programs to a third party due to the lack of internal resources. Effective supervisors are “made”, not born. Job demands on a supervisor are ever increasing because of rapid changes in technology and workers’ attitudes. Project locations are scattered over large geographical areas. New laws and regulations covering construction have complicated production, increased the focus on compliance, quality and cost control. Increased competition brings pressure to do things more efficiently. The companies that meet these challenges by developing and maintaining an effectively supervised work force of well-trained people will survive and prosper.
Construction supervisors are the critical link in the production process — and the profit-making process. Much is expected of them. They are expected to:
- Control costs and meet specifications;
- Complete projects within tight time schedules and optimistic budgets;
- Maintain high morale among their workers;
- Be the contractor’s representative on a daily basis, interfacing with the public and various inspectors and engineers.
This is an extraordinarily difficult job description, and to be successful, every supervisor must learn new skills and also sharpen others he or she has already learned.
Because job responsibilities are different on each construction project, no single definition of a construction supervisor fits all situations. However, in this course, a construction supervisor is the person directly responsible for the activities of crew members who are working to accomplish tasks to build a project. In this course, the construction supervisor is the “first-line” jobsite supervisor.
A Supervisor’s Role Differs from a Craftsman’s Role
There are basic differences between a craftsman’s job and a supervisor’s job. Craftwork is technical work. Using a transit or level to lay out a pier, using a bull float to finish concrete, operating a scraper productively and safely, hanging red iron and bolting it up, and reading and understanding slope stakes are all technical skills that are consistent from one project to another. Craftwork is personal, “I-centered” or “me-centered,” and it is the first set of skills construction workers learn.
Supervision requires the use of human and conceptual skills, and is likely to be applied differently to different supervisory problems on the same project. To complicate this process, there are frequently no quick and simple answers to supervisory problems.