Profession rail construction supervisor

Rail construction supervisors monitor the construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure. They assign tasks, either on the ground or from a control room, and make quick decisions to resolve problems.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Work trains

    The composition and functions of a work train, a train composed of automatic machines that remove, inspect, adjust and lay railway ballast, sleepers and rails.

  • Mechanical systems

    Mechanical systems, including gears, engines, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Their functions and likely defects.

  • Mechanical tools

    Understand machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

  • React to events in time-critical environments

    Monitor the situation around you and anticipate. Be ready to take quick and appropriate action in case of unexpected events.

  • Plan shifts of employees

    Plans shifts of employees to ensure completion of all customer orders and satisfactory completion of the production plan.

  • Secure working area

    Secure the operation site fixing boundaries, restricting access, placing signs and taking other measures in order to guarantee public and staff safety.

  • Work in a construction team

    Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.

  • Use safety equipment in construction

    Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.

  • Ensure compliance with construction project deadline

    Plan, schedule and monitor the building processes in order to ensure completion of the project by the set deadline.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

  • Inspect construction supplies

    Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.

  • Coordinate construction activities

    Coordinate the activities of several construction workers or crews to make sure they do not interfere with each other and to ensure that the works are done in a timely manner. Keep up to date on the progress of the teams and update the schedule if called for.

  • Evaluate employees work

    Evaluate the need for labour for the work ahead. Evaluate the performance of the team of workers and inform superiors. Encourage and support the employees in learning, teach them techniques and check the application to ensure product quality and labour productivity.

  • Manage health and safety standards

    Oversee all personnel and processes to comply with health, safety and hygiene standards. Communicate and support alignment of these requirements with the company's health and safety programmes.

  • Plan resource allocation

    Plan future needs of various resources such as time, money and specific process resources.

  • Conduct quality control analysis

    Conduct inspections and tests of services, processes, or products to evaluate quality.

  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction

    Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.

  • Liaise with managers

    Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.

  • Process incoming construction supplies

    Receive incoming construction supplies, handle the transaction and enter the supplies into any internal administration system.

  • Monitor stock level

    Evaluate how much stock is used and determine what should be ordered.

Optional knowledge and skills

work ergonomically use measurement instruments machinery load capacity apply arc welding techniques apply spot welding techniques monitor rail laying machine apply thermite welding techniques monitor rail pickup machine provide first aid operate sleeper clipping unit install railway detectors recruit employees train employees calculate needs for construction supplies maintain rail infrastructure order construction supplies construction product regulation provide technical expertise monitor tamping car monitor ballast regulator cost management transport construction supplies advise on railway infrastructure repairs operate rail grinder rig loads operate grappler inspect rail from track inspection vehicle inspect railways visually