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CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENT: You Have To Work To Learn The Business

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John, a construction superintendent, oversees and schedules subcontractors to make sure that his projects get completed in a timely manner. He tells us that rarely does anyone in this business take you by the hand and tell you they will teach you how to do this job. You have to want to learn the business and be proactive in order to learn the trade and move up.

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='15460'>by</span> <span m='15590'>piece.</span> </p><p><span m='17320'>A</span> <span m='17380'>typical</span> <span m='17790'>day</span> <span m='18060'>is</span> <span m='18370'>you</span> <span m='18520'>start</span> <span m='18880'>out</span> <span m='19060'>in</span> <span m='19120'>the</span> <span m='19190'>morning,</span> <span m='19640'>and</span> <span m='19720'>you</span> <span m='20030'>line</span> <span m='20260'>your</span> <span m='20390'>men</span> <span m='20650'>out.</span> <span m='22350'>Your</span> <span m='22520'>foreman</span> <span m='22930'>takes</span> <span m='23320'>over</span> <span m='24130'>after</span> <span m='24480'>that,</span> <span m='25190'>and</span> <span m='25480'>then</span> <span m='25640'>the</span> <span m='25730'>next</span> <span m='25970'>thing</span> <span m='26140'>you</span> <span m='26240'>know,</span> <span m='26420'>you're</span> <span m='26590'>basically</span> <span m='27050'>working</span> <span m='27340'>with</span> <span m='27490'>all your</span> <span m='27860'>subs</span> <span m='28230'>trying</span> <span m='28530'>to</span> <span m='28680'>schedule</span> <span m='29320'>and</span> <span m='29540'>make</span> <span m='29730'>sure</span> <span m='29900'>that the</span> <span m='30070'>job</span> <span m='30380'>goes</span> <span m='30580'>fairly</span> <span m='30860'>smoothly</span> <span m='32170'>without</span> <span m='32530'>wasted</span> <span m='32950'>days.</span> </p><p><span m='34070'>When I</span> <span m='34150'>was</span> <span m='34320'>about</span> <span m='34510'>20</span> <span m='34770'>years</span> <span m='35040'>old,</span> <span m='35270'>I</span> <span m='35320'>got into</span> <span m='35560'>the</span> <span m='35720'>carpenters'</span> <span m='36190'>union.</span> <span m='38730'>Just</span> <span m='39000'>like</span> <span m='39220'>any</span> <span m='39410'>other</span> <span m='39620'>kid</span> <span m='39950'>when</span> <span m='40100'>I</span> <span m='40140'>was</span> <span m='40340'>growing</span> <span m='40710'>up,</span> <span m='40940'>having</span> <span m='41250'>fun,</span> <span m='41620'>and</span> <span m='41920'>I</span> <span m='42060'>wasn't</span> <span m='42340'>really</span> <span m='42550'>sure</span> <span m='42770'>what</span> <span m='42950'>I</span> <span m='43020'>was</span> <span m='43220'>going</span> <span m='43330'>to</span> <span m='43410'>do,</span> <span m='44550'>probably</span> <span m='44860'>going</span> <span m='45150'>the</span> <span m='45220'>wrong</span> <span m='45530'>path.</span> <span m='46986'>And then</span> <span m='47480'>I</span> <span m='47580'>got</span> <span m='47760'>into</span> <span m='47910'>this.</span> <span m='48790'>So</span> <span m='48900'>I've</span> <span m='49010'>been</span> <span m='49160'>doing</span> <span m='49370'>this</span> <span m='49560'>for</span> <span m='49650'>34</span> <span m='50140'>years</span> <span m='50450'>now,</span> <span m='51030'>35.</span> </p><p><span m='51990'>I</span> <span m='52220'>never</span> <span m='52530'>thought</span> <span m='52830'>that</span> <span m='52940'>I</span> <span m='53010'>would</span> <span m='53150'>be</span> <span m='53280'>doing</span> <span m='53530'>what</span> <span m='53680'>I'm</span> <span m='53820'>doing</span> <span m='54240'>when</span> <span m='54380'>I</span> <span m='54460'>started,</span> <span m='54880'>obviously.</span> <span m='55550'>I</span> <span m='56020'>thought</span> <span m='56190'>I</span> <span m='56220'>would</span> <span m='56350'>be</span> <span m='56740'>framing</span> <span m='57250'>for</span> <span m='57440'>the</span> <span m='57530'>rest</span> <span m='57790'>of</span> <span m='57840'>my</span> <span m='57990'>life,</span> <span m='58460'>which</span> <span m='58700'>that's</span> <span m='59090'>what</span> <span m='59270'>I</span> <span m='59330'>started</span> <span m='59710'>with</span> <span m='60030'>and</span> <span m='60350'>did that</span> <span m='60570'>for</span> <span m='60680'>23</span> <span m='61240'>years.</span> <span m='62100'>But</span> <span m='62950'>what</span> <span m='63310'>do</span> <span m='63450'>I</span> <span m='63570'>know</span> <span m='63760'>now?</span> <span m='66180'>That</span> <span m='66380'>running</span> <span m='66580'>a</span> <span m='66750'>job</span> <span m='67080'>is</span> <span m='67180'>the</span> <span m='67260'>right</span> <span m='67560'>thing</span> <span m='67770'>to</span> <span m='67820'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='69210'>Moving</span> <span m='69630'>forward</span> <span m='70030'>in</span> <span m='70070'>your</span> <span m='70230'>own</span> <span m='70390'>life</span> <span m='70780'>and</span> <span m='71450'>trying</span> <span m='71800'>to</span> <span m='71910'>better</span> <span m='72250'>yourself,</span> <span m='73450'>that's</span> <span m='73770'>how</span> <span m='73880'>you're</span> <span m='74020'>going</span> <span m='74130'>to</span> <span m='74190'>do</span> <span m='74410'>it.</span> <span m='74480'>If</span> <span m='74590'>you</span> <span m='74720'>want</span> <span m='74890'>to</span> <span m='74960'>just</span> <span m='75190'>stay</span> <span m='75690'>in</span> <span m='75810'>the</span> <span m='75890'>trenches</span> <span m='76380'>with</span> <span m='76600'>the</span> <span m='76640'>men,</span> <span m='76910'>that's</span> <span m='77180'>fine,</span> <span m='77450'>which</span> <span m='77650'>I</span> <span m='77700'>like</span> <span m='77930'>to</span> <span m='78020'>work</span> <span m='78230'>with</span> <span m='78330'>the</span> <span m='78400'>guys</span> <span m='79380'>pretty</span> <span m='79640'>hands</span> <span m='80050'>on.</span> <span m='80880'>A</span> <span m='80950'>lot</span> <span m='81170'>of</span> <span m='81220'>guys</span> <span m='81770'>that</span> <span m='81860'>become</span> <span m='82190'>superintendents</span> <span m='82970'>just</span> <span m='83140'>like</span> <span m='83290'>to</span> <span m='83410'>sit in</span> <span m='83660'>their</span> <span m='83810'>trailer</span> <span m='84180'>and</span> <span m='84260'>run</span> <span m='84410'>their</span> <span m='84530'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='85160'>As</span> <span m='85450'>I</span> <span m='85600'>learned</span> <span m='85880'>it</span> <span m='85990'>was,</span> <span m='86460'>just</span> <span m='86680'>learned</span> <span m='86940'>it,</span> <span m='87360'>you</span> <span m='88000'>pay</span> <span m='88260'>attention</span> <span m='88750'>to</span> <span m='88800'>your</span> <span m='88950'>surroundings</span> <span m='89510'>and</span> <span m='89680'>watch</span> <span m='89970'>what</span> <span m='90160'>people</span> <span m='90450'>do.</span> <span m='92090'>Very</span> <span m='92420'>rarely</span> <span m='92770'>in</span> <span m='92860'>this</span> <span m='93020'>trade</span> <span m='93300'>does</span> <span m='93370'>somebody</span> <span m='93660'>take you</span> <span m='93970'>by</span> <span m='94110'>the</span> <span m='94200'>hand</span> <span m='94460'>and</span> <span m='94550'>say,</span> <span m='95300'>we're</span> <span m='95480'>going</span> <span m='95580'>to</span> <span m='95680'>teach</span> <span m='96000'>you</span> <span m='96440'>to</span> <span m='96940'>do</span> <span m='97100'>this</span> <span m='97300'>job.</span> <span m='98260'>You've</span> <span m='98440'>got</span> <span m='98630'>to</span> <span m='98720'>want</span> <span m='98990'>to</span> <span m='99050'>learn</span> <span m='99310'>how</span> <span m='99450'>to</span> <span m='99550'>do</span> <span m='99760'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='100010'>So</span> <span m='100490'>you</span> <span m='100690'>have</span> <span m='100830'>to</span> <span m='100930'>watch</span> <span m='101185'>these</span> <span m='101440'>other</span> <span m='101630'>people</span> <span m='102010'>as</span> <span m='102100'>you</span> <span m='102230'>start</span> <span m='102540'>as</span> <span m='102640'>an</span> <span m='102730'>apprentice.</span> <span m='103790'>Or</span> <span m='104050'>just</span> <span m='104240'>the</span> <span m='104330'>very</span> <span m='104630'>first</span> <span m='104950'>days,</span> <span m='105260'>you've</span> <span m='105470'>got</span> <span m='105670'>to</span> <span m='106110'>pay</span> <span m='106270'>attention</span> <span m='106630'>to</span> <span m='106690'>the</span> <span m='106790'>guys</span> <span m='107080'>above</span> <span m='107380'>you and</span> <span m='107550'>understand</span> <span m='108080'>what</span> <span m='108240'>they're</span> <span m='108380'>doing</span> <span m='109260'>and</span> <span m='109390'>how</span> <span m='109580'>they</span> <span m='109680'>got</span> <span m='109870'>to</span> <span m='109940'>where</span> <span m='110090'>they're</span> <span m='110300'>at.</span> <span m='112820'>It</span> <span m='112950'>doesn't</span> <span m='113240'>just</span> <span m='113440'>happen</span> <span m='113800'>for you.</span> </p><p><span m='114100'>Some</span> <span m='114370'>people</span> <span m='114710'>get</span> <span m='114900'>it, and</span> <span m='115090'>some</span> <span m='115310'>people</span> <span m='115590'>don't.</span> <span m='116400'>But</span> <span m='116540'>if</span> <span m='116630'>you</span> <span m='116760'>want</span> <span m='116940'>to</span> <span m='117000'>do</span> <span m='117250'>it,</span> <span m='117980'>you</span> <span m='118330'>better</span> <span m='118670'>learn</span> <span m='118910'>from</span> <span m='119080'>the</span> <span m='119180'>guys</span> <span m='119790'>that</span> <span m='120000'>are</span> <span m='120160'>trying</span> <span m='120380'>to</span> <span m='120460'>teach</span> <span m='120810'>you.</span> <span m='120960'>Because</span> <span m='121250'>nobody's</span> <span m='121610'>going</span> <span m='121710'>to</span> <span m='121760'>hold</span> <span m='122020'>you</span> <span m='122080'>by</span> <span m='122250'>the</span> <span m='122310'>hand</span> <span m='122600'>and</span> <span m='122710'>give</span> <span m='122860'>it</span> <span m='122970'>you.</span> <span m='123090'>You're</span> <span m='123380'>going</span> <span m='123490'>to</span> <span m='123530'>have</span> <span m='123640'>to</span> <span m='123720'>work</span> <span m='123960'>for</span> <span m='124260'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='124740'>I</span> <span m='124870'>like</span> <span m='125190'>being</span> <span m='125370'>in</span> <span m='125440'>the</span> <span m='125520'>field.</span> <span m='126920'>I</span> <span m='127060'>don't</span> <span m='127330'>like</span> <span m='127530'>being</span> <span m='127750'>in</span> <span m='127840'>offices.</span> <span m='128930'>I</span> <span m='129330'>like</span> <span m='129610'>being</span> <span m='129860'>out in the</span> <span m='130009'>weather,</span> <span m='130690'>aside</span> <span m='131050'>from</span> <span m='131140'>the</span> <span m='131210'>mud,</span> <span m='131740'>but</span> <span m='132290'>that</span> <span m='132560'>comes</span> <span m='132860'>the</span> <span m='132910'>good</span> <span m='133060'>and</span> <span m='133150'>bad.</span> <span m='134310'>But</span> <span m='135870'>I</span> <span m='136080'>enjoy</span> <span m='136460'>what</span> <span m='136630'>I</span> <span m='136710'>do.</span> <span m='137740'>You're</span> <span m='137870'>out</span> <span m='138020'>in</span> <span m='138490'>the</span> <span m='138780'>fresh</span> <span m='139065'>air</span> <span m='139350'>every</span> <span m='139520'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='140470'>There's</span> <span m='140690'>so</span> <span m='140860'>many</span> <span m='141040'>safety</span> <span m='141480'>things</span> <span m='141820'>now</span> <span m='142030'>with</span> <span m='142190'>OSHA</span> <span m='143220'>that</span> <span m='143820'>it's</span> <span m='144050'>a</span> <span m='144100'>big</span> <span m='144320'>responsibility</span> <span m='145150'>for</span> <span m='145340'>us</span> <span m='145540'>to</span> <span m='145790'>keep</span> <span m='146020'>people</span> <span m='146290'>safe.</span> <span m='150380'>So</span> <span m='150890'>it's</span> <span m='151120'>a</span> <span m='151160'>good</span> <span m='151450'>camaraderie</span> <span m='152130'>out</span> <span m='152280'>here</span> <span m='152440'>in</span> <span m='152510'>the</span> <span m='152580'>field</span> <span m='152890'>with</span> <span m='153030'>the</span> <span m='153100'>guys that</span> <span m='153430'>are</span> <span m='153550'>working</span> <span m='153890'>hard.</span> <span m='154200'>You</span> <span m='154280'>know,</span> <span m='154460'>you</span> <span m='154820'>can</span> <span m='154960'>pick</span> <span m='155170'>out</span> <span m='155320'>the</span> <span m='155380'>hard</span> <span m='155630'>workers</span> <span m='156070'>and</span> <span m='156110'>the</span> <span m='156230'>ones</span> <span m='156430'>that</span> <span m='156550'>don't</span> <span m='156730'>want</span> <span m='156870'>to</span> <span m='156920'>be</span> <span m='157100'>here.</span> <span m='157330'>But</span> <span m='158020'>generally</span> <span m='158450'>most</span> <span m='158690'>of</span> <span m='158740'>the</span> <span m='158810'>guys</span> <span m='158990'>do</span> <span m='159160'>want</span> <span m='159320'>to</span> <span m='159360'>be</span> <span m='159520'>here.</span> <span m='159900'>It's</span> <span m='160070'>a</span> <span m='160100'>good</span> <span m='160290'>living.</span> </p>","file":{"id":379217,"video_id":"3385681164001","name":"2368-John-ConstructionSuperintendent","duration":161588,"thumbnail_url":null}});