Foreman / Career

Overview of Occupation

Income Bracket: $60,000 – $120,000+

A foreman supervises a crew of workers on a civil construction project site and co-ordinates their work. Foremen are responsible for making sure that the work assigned to the crew is completed safely, on time and in accordance with specifications.

Education and Training: Usually you will have completed a traineeship or apprenticeship in civil construction and undertaken some post-trade study. You will have a solid knowledge of all phases of civil construction as well as considerable ‘on the ground’ experience. The formal qualification on completion of a traineeship/apprenticeship is Certificate III in Civil Construction and the formal post-trade qualification for this type of work is Certificate IV in Civil Construction. Both are nationally recognized qualifications.

Employment Opportunities: If you show initiative as a Foreman and have the drive to succeed, you could be in line for promotion into a more senior supervisory or management position, or you could go on to run your own civil contracting business.

Range of tasks performed in the occupation:

  • Arrangement of plant, labour and material resources for the project
  • Direction of sub-foremen, leading hands, plant operators and labourers
  • Direction and monitoring of sub-contractors, suppliers and plant hirers
  • Daily monitoring of activity costs
  • Maintaining daily record of site activities
  • Implementing and maintaining the project quality, OH&S and environmental plans

Personal Requirements

To be successful in this occupation you should:

  • Be able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Have good leadership skills including being able to motivate and lead by example
  • Be able to analyse and solve problems
  • Have an eye for detail