Profession road construction supervisor

Road construction supervisors monitor the construction and maintenance of roads. They assign tasks and take quick decisions to resolve problems.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Realistic

Knowledge

  • 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.

  • Road traffic laws

    Understand road traffic laws and the rules of the road.

  • Types of asphalt coverings

    Different types of asphalt covering, based on their bitumen content and composition. The strengths, weaknesses, and price points of each type. Special properties such as porosity, resistance to skidding and noise characteristics.

Skills

  • Inspect construction sites

    Ensure health and safety during the construction project by inspecting the construction site regularly. Identify risks of putting people in danger or of damaging construction equipment.

  • 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.

  • Conduct quality control analysis

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monitor stock level

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

  • Process incoming construction supplies

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

  • Supervise staff

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Plan shifts of employees

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

  • Liaise with managers

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

  • Plan resource allocation

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

  • Guide operation of heavy construction equipment

    Guide a colleague in operating a piece of heavy construction equipment. Follow the operation closely and understand when feedback is called for. Use communication techniques like voice, two-way radio, agreed-upon gestures and whistles to signal the appropriate information to the operator.

Optional knowledge and skills

place temporary road signage use measurement instruments types of membranes lay base courses calculate needs for construction supplies maintain equipment advise on construction materials machinery load capacity transport construction supplies lay concrete slabs clear accident site inspect road signs train employees negotiate supplier arrangements work ergonomically recruit employees liaise with local authorities apply proofing membranes inspect drainage channels work safely with hot materials perform traffic sign maintenance order construction supplies provide technical expertise inspect asphalt construction product regulation prepare subgrade for road pavement liaise with financiers provide first aid asphalt mixes pave asphalt layers remove road surface cost management