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Things to Know About Being a Construction Superintendent

Updated: Jan 8


Are you thinking of starting a career as a Construction Superintendent? Great choice! The demand for Construction Superintendents is on the rise in New York City, thanks to the 2022 NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) requirement.

However, you would do well to familiarize yourself with the role of Construction Superintendent. This article will tell you all you need to know about Construction Superintendents, what they do, and the skills and qualifications required to become one.

What does a Construction Superintendent do?

A Construction Superintendent is an individual who oversees every step of a construction process, from planning to the beginning and then to the completion.

The role of the Construction Superintendent is to oversee the entire project lifecycle, from initial planning to final inspection. They consistently watch for the workers' safety and security and adhere to all quality standards.

A Construction Superintendent's responsibilities include talking to and negotiating with third parties like suppliers and attorneys.

Some Construction Superintendents are specialized in a specific type of construction, whether commercial, residential, or industrial. Below are some things that qualify you as a Construction Superintendent.

Essential skills of Construction Superintendents

  • Construction Experience: Many employers prefer hiring Construction Superintendents who have experience on the site and can use tools and equipment on the site.

  • Productivity Software: Construction Superintendents need to be able to use spreadsheets, word processors, and other software for keeping track of details of everything going on, on the site, and it's also used to know the progress on the site.

  • Communication Skills: A Construction Superintendent should have good communication skills and should be able to communicate with the workers on the site, the engineer, and the architect.

  • Scheduling: Construction Superintendents should be able to present timelines of their jobs along with estimations for costs. Scheduling, either manually or through software, is necessary for Construction Superintendents to create and maintain these timelines.

Responsibilities of a Construction Superintendent

  • Leading and managing the on-site construction team.

  • Coordination and overseeing of all work on site.

  • Attending production meetings related to the company.

  • Ensuring quality standards are met on the site.

  • Placing orders for materials on the site.

  • A Construction Superintendent is responsible for equipment and materials on site.

  • Following the project timeline to make sure project deadlines are met.

  • Monitoring the site to ensure safety, orderliness, compliance, and cleanliness.

  • Keeping records for site personnel, including daily field reports, field orders, and RFIs.

What are the qualifications of a Construction Superintendent?

  • Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.

  • Experience in a supervisory capacity in a construction role.

  • A Bachelor's Degree in a construction-related course, e.g., Engineering and Architecture.

  • Should have experience using scheduling software and CAE and CAD applications.

  • Should be skilled in taking and uploading digital photographs.

  • Ability to operate heavy equipment.

  • Must be able to interpret and build according to drawings, specifications, and other documents.

  • Should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • A Construction Superintendent should have outstanding organizational skills.

  • To become a licensed Construction Superintendent in New York City, you must also complete site safety coordinator or manager courses.

ABC Safety Group provides safety training courses and OSHA programs across various locations in New York City. Programs are also available in English or Spanish. Book a course now to begin your career as a Construction Superintendent!


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