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CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENT: You Need Math Skills In This Job

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William has decades of experience working in construction. He started out as a carpenter and worked his way up to become a construction superintendent. What he's learned along the way is how all the different trades work together to complete a project. His advice if you want to go into construction: get your high school diploma and take math classes. Basic math skills are necessary and are used everyday to figure out how things fit together.

Degree: Engineering
Job Title: Construction Superintendent

Job Summary: Construction Project Managers

Job Description

Construction project managers plan, coordinate, budget, and supervise construction projects from early development to completion.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

The Construction Management Association of America awards the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) designation to workers who have the required experience and who pass a technical exam. Applicants for this certification must also complete a self-study course that covers the professional role of a construction manager, legal issues, the allocation of risk, and other topics related to construction management.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Construction Management Association of America.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$50,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Outdoor, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Likes working with hands

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m='11950'>out</span> <span m='12370'>employees</span> <span m='12730'>and</span> <span m='13090'>subcontractors</span> <span m='13715'>to</span> <span m='14120'>make</span> <span m='14300'>sure</span> <span m='14710'>they're</span> <span m='15140'>in the</span> <span m='15570'>right</span> <span m='16000'>spot, doing</span> <span m='16430'>what they're supposed</span> <span m='16860'>to be doing that day</span> <span m='17290'>and</span> <span m='17640'>every</span> <span m='17860'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='19370'>I</span> <span m='19650'>started</span> <span m='20050'>as an apprentice</span> <span m='20360'>carpenter</span> <span m='20860'>32</span> <span m='21300'>years</span> <span m='21660'>ago,</span> <span m='22545'>and I</span> <span m='23030'>moved up</span> <span m='23515'>through</span> <span m='24000'>the</span> <span m='24485'>ranks from</span> <span m='24970'>apprentice</span> <span m='25455'>carpenter</span> <span m='25940'>to carpenter</span> <span m='26425'>to</span> 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m='40962'>I</span> <span m='41446'>didn't</span> <span m='41930'>necessarily</span> <span m='42898'>understand</span> <span m='43382'>it from</span> <span m='44840'>the</span> <span m='44940'>whole</span> <span m='45570'>scheme</span> <span m='45940'>of all</span> <span m='46280'>the</span> <span m='46570'>other</span> <span m='47060'>trades.</span> <span m='47490'>And what</span> <span m='47700'>I know</span> <span m='48190'>now is</span> <span m='49000'>how</span> <span m='49320'>all</span> <span m='49670'>the</span> <span m='49740'>pieces</span> <span m='50150'>of</span> <span m='50650'>the puzzle go</span> <span m='50810'>together</span> <span m='51850'>to</span> <span m='52940'>make</span> <span m='53190'>a</span> <span m='53280'>project.</span> </p><p><span m='55600'>To get their high school</span> <span m='55970'>diploma,</span> <span m='58250'>take some</span> <span m='58630'>classes</span> <span m='59190'>in</span> <span m='59340'>college,</span> <span m='60790'>math</span> 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