What does a Superintendent do?
A construction superintendent is responsible for the daily operations of a construction site from planning projects to overseeing their completion. Duties vary depending on the type of construction each business conducts, but generally tasks include scheduling work to proceed according to a strict timeline, conducting audits and checks to ensure that work corresponds with blueprints or client requests, and monitoring safety and compliance.
To be a construction superintendent, you need an associate degree and at least three years of construction field experience. You should be able to set priorities and use time effectively, especially when challenges arise. You must be professional and communicate effectively with subcontractors and vendors. You should be familiar with the operation of construction tools and machinery and be able to physically lift up to 100 lbs. The job may include traveling to different work sites and working in various climate conditions.
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Superintendent Career Path
Learn how to become a Superintendent, 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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The most common qualifications to become a superintendent 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.