Construction Foreman

 

Overview

A construction foreman constructs agricultural buildings and structures such as barns, sheds, grain bins, mills, plants, elevators, and more.

 

construction foreman

 

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Lead a team to complete construction projects
  • Perform repairs and service work on the structure or building equipment
  • Ensure quality and cost standards set by company or building owner are met in a timely manner
  • Participate in project planning, scope, assessments, layout, and other details
  • Communicate progress, issues, and solutions to supervisor or stakeholders throughout the construction process
  • Explain, execute, and sign contracts with any subcontractors involved
  • Execute daily management of excavators, concrete crews, framers, electricians, and equipment installers
  • Receive and verify material shipments are of correct quantities and quality
  • Submit project accurate and timely project reports
  • Complete purchase orders, inventory documents, and time sheets

 

What education and training is required?

A high school diploma is required but an associate’s degree in a relevant field such as carpentry, construction equipment operation, power technology, or building systems is preferred. Typically, professionals with some level of experience as a construction worker or an apprentice will be more likely to attain this level of employment.

 

To pursue a career as a Construction Foreman:

The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, agricultural mechanics, industrial technology, welding, computer courses, and mathematics.

 

Typical Employers:

Construction foremen may be employed full-time by agricultural companies that consistently build new structures, or they may work for an agricultural construction company. Others may be self-employed.

 

Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for a construction foreman will be good over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Institute of Constructors
  • National Association of Agricultural Contractors
  • National Association of Women in Construction