Construction Management and Labor

Construction management has the responsibility of completing the project on time, within budget and in a safe manner. The type of construction management depends on the size and complexity of the project. Smaller projects may be managed by the company owner or a foreman, but larger projects may require a team of professionals.

A typical project management team will have a project manager who is responsible for the entire project. The project manager may work at the project location or at a home office. There may also be a construction manager who is responsible for coordinating the various craft activities in the field. Other team members will include clerks, time keepers, safety professionals, craft recruiters, planners, schedulers, design engineers, architects and the various craft superintendents.

On large industrial projects the supervision hierarchy typically follows an industry wide pattern. A crew is made up of a Craft Foreman who supervises up to 10 or 12 craftsmen and helpers. A General Foreman coordinates the work of up to 10 or 12 crews and reports to the Craft Superintendent. The Craft Superintendents report to the Construction Manager. Depending on the magnitude of the project, there may also be assistant superintendents, each responsible for different areas of the project.