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Project Superintendent #1205

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Project Superintendent #1205

This project superintendent coordinates field activities for a construction company. He does this by tracking the status of each activity and recording changes on a master schedule. Before a construction project can begin, six basic elements of an effective workplace must be in place. They include information, environment, materials, manpower, equipment and tools. If a crew is missing or lacking any part of one of these elements, it is his job to get those elements in place.

As a senior in high school, he was involved in a work program where he went to high school half the day and then went to work as a brick layer's tender half the day. His goal was to eventually be a bricklayer.

After working for a couple of years, the economy took a turn and it was difficult to find work in brick laying. He got a job as a construction worker. After several years of experience, participation in a four-year apprenticeship program and classes in task training and leadership, he "climbed the ladder" to his present position of project superintendent.

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