What does a Foreman do?
A foreman is responsible for ensuring that everything goes smoothly at a construction site. They are responsible for being the point of contact between the construction workers and supervisors. A few of the main duties of a foreman are coordinating tasks for the day, creating schedules for workers, oversee quality of the site, and managing the budget. They also have to report the progress of the project to superiors. Some of the jobs titles that a foreman could grow into are construction supervisor and construction manager.
A foreman should have four years of experience in the construction industry as well as a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a foreman will have is attention to detail. Another skill is organization as the foreman will have to be able to run a construction site effectively.
- Report project progress to superiors
- Develop a work schedule for workers
- Supervise all construction workers
- Be the liaison between construction workers and supervisors
- Solve disputes between workers
- Ensure that a project is adequately staffed
- Assign tasks to construction workers
- Ensure that the project is staying on or under budget
- High School Diploma or GED required
- Ability to organize a work schedule
- Ability to solve disputes between workers
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to negotiate
- Deep knowledge of the construction industry and processes
- Ability to read construction drawings and blueprints
- Perform quality checks on construction equipment
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Foreman Career Path
Learn how to become a Foreman, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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“Knowledgeable supervisors who have your back and let you get the job done your way.”
“We do work a lot but also they allow a great work to home life balance.”
“Good pay because it’s a union job however they do it follow union rules.”
“Good pay and it's nice to work outside sometimes.”
“Great balance of work and fun.”
“Pay is decent but not the top in the industry”
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“Good pay Management really good”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Foreman
When working as a Foreman, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Diagnosis, CDL, Leadership, Computer Literate and CPR First Aid.
- Construction Project Manager
- Construction Manager
- Construction Estimator
- Construction Superintendent
The most common qualifications to become a Foreman is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.