Construction and building trades supervisors


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Construction and building trades supervisors oversee operations and directly supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in construction and building trades.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, though GCSEs/S grades are advantageous. Entry is typically through an apprenticeship or traineeship approved by ConstructionSkills leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3, in addition to significant relevant work experience.

Typical tasks

  • directly supervises and coordinates the activities of construction and building workers and/or subcontractors;
  • establishes and monitors work schedules to meet productivity requirements;
  • liaises with managers and contractors to resolve operational problems;
  • determines or recommends staffing and other needs to meet productivity requirements;
  • reports as required to managerial staff on work-related matters.

Common job titles

Foreman, maintenance
Inspector, works, new (railways)
Foreman (flooring contracting)
Foreman-ganger (gas supplier)
Foreman (railways: district engineer's dept)
Foreman-ganger (electricity supplier)
Inspector, line, pipe
Master, gang (drainage board)
Inspector, works, new (railway maintenance and repair)
Supervisor, services, building
Inspector, tunnel
Supervisor, construction
Foreman, road
Inspector, bridge
Ganger (local government)
Inspector, line (railway maintenance and repair)
Inspector, district (building construction)
Hand, maintenance (transport: railways)
Inspector, works (railways)
Foreman, pipe, main
Ganger, highways
Superintendent (building construction)
Foreman, plumbing
Inspector, drain
Supervisor, service (gas supplier)
Foreman, scaffolding
Foreman-ganger (railways)
Skipper (building construction)
Superintendent (engineering: civil)
Foreman (local government: engineer's dept)
Inspector, ballast
Foreman, site
Supervisor, contract (building construction)
Foreman (railway maintenance and repair)
Foreman, concrete
Superintendent, works (local government)
Superintendent, works (building construction)
Foreman (local government: public works)
Ganger (railway maintenance and repair)
Foreman, drainage
Chargeman, track (railway maintenance and repair)
Foreman-ganger (building construction)
Inspector, works, district (railways)
Ganger (gas supplier)
Foreman (construction)
Foreman (heating engineering)
Foreman (building construction)
Foreman (civil engineering)
Foreman, general (building construction)
Foreman, engineering, civil
Foreman (joinery mfr)
Ganger, navvy
Inspector, drainage
Foreman, estate
Inspector, works (railway maintenance and repair)
Foreman, civilian (government)
Inspector, way, permanent
Ganger (electricity supplier)
Foreman-ganger (local government)
Superintendent, distribution (gas supplier)
Foreman, painting
Foreman, builder's
Foreman, highways
Foreman, maintenance (gas supplier)
Foreman, woodwork
Foreman (local government)
Superintendent (engineering: structural)
Foreman, district
Superintendent, district (gas supplier)
Supervisor, erection (building construction)
Supervisor, area (gas supplier)
Foreman, distribution (gas supplier)
Foreman (gas supplier)
Chargeman, track (railways)
Inspector, paving and extension
Superintendent of works
Foreman, demolition
Supervisor (gas supplier)
Foreman, way, permanent
Foreman-ganger (cable laying)
Superintendent (local government: highways dept)
Inspector, works, district (railway maintenance and repair)
Supervisor, distribution (water company)
Inspector, excavating (electricity supplier)
Foreman (local government: housing dept)
Supervisor, contracts (building construction)
Supervisor, building
Foreman (woodware mfr)
Inspector, mains
Hand, leading (building construction)
Foreman, estates
Foreman (local government: highways dept)
Foreman, bridge
Inspector, trench
Foreman-ganger (water works)
Foreman, engineering, constructional
Supervisor, plumbing
Ganger (water works)
Supervisor, maintenance
Foreman-ganger (railway maintenance and repair)
Inspector (local government: highways dept)
Foreman (DETR)
Foreman of works
Superintendent, repairs
Foreman, building
Inspector, maintenance (local government: housing dept)
Foreman (constructional engineering:
Foreman, contractor's
Superintendent, maintenance
Foreman, construction
Superintendent, board, gas
Supervisor, area (building construction)
Inspector, highways
Ganger (railways)
Superintendent, mains
Foreman (local government: surveyor's dept)
Officer, maintenance (local government)
Foreman, fittings (gas supplier)