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
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