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First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers Career Video

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.


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Building above the ground is called construction. Taking materials from beneath the surface is called extraction. Both of these processes require a lot of coordination – someone to make sure that the right job is done, at the exact time it’s needed, as safely as possible. First Line Supervisors and Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers are like orchestra conductors. Queuing each person to play his or her part. They tell equipment operators when to arrive and what their responsibilities will be… …and make sure there are enough workers at the site to get a job done on schedule. In addition to scheduling, training and motivating workers, supervisors keep records to document important information. They also have to be able to manage money to keep projects on budget. Good organizational and communication skills are a necessity. In addition to a high school diploma they might also have training in business methods such as accounting. Many supervisors work alongside the people they manage. In fact, they’re often promoted from the workforce after years of experience. Whether they work underground, or high above it, First Line Supervisors and Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction workers do important work for a nation on the move.