8733 Construction Foreman


TITLE Construction Foreman





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Associate Director, Facilities Management


The Construction Foreman directs and supervises highly skilled trades personnel assigned to the Campus Construction Team (CCT) in the construction, repair, and alteration of building structures, including interior and exterior renovations, following recognized procedures and techniques of the construction industry and University standards. The Construction Foreman is a working foreman, responsible for directly performing a wide range of skilled construction tasks, such that fifty percent of the Construction Foreman’s daily job duties consists of performing construction work. The Construction Foreman is responsible for daily and weekly planning and scheduling of work activities for the Campus Construction Team, which completes assigned projects that are appropriate for their level of skill and time availability.  The Construction Foreman assigns specific jobs based upon an evaluation of job requirements and individual expertise and supervises the work.  The Construction Foreman assists in planning, developing estimates, and implementing the phasing required to accomplish the assigned project.  The Construction Foreman monitors the assigned work and enforces federal regulations governing environmental protection, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.  


Education: A high school diploma or the equivalent is required.  Completion of a Construction Management program or trade-related vocational/technical school or a recognized apprenticeship program in carpentry, construction, or a related field is preferred.

Experience: At least six years of journeyman-level experience in carpentry or the building trades is required.  Cabinetmaker experience is preferred.  Experience in the installation of ceramic tile, vinyl tile, carpet, concrete, and wall-coverings is preferred.

Skills:  Supervisory skills, particularly in ability to instruct others and delegate, are required.  Construction skills are required, including the ability to use small hand and power tools and precision measuring and testing devices, as well as equipment and materials applicable to the construction, carpentry and painting trades.  Knowledge of the safe use of hazardous materials, solvents, cleaners, adhesives, and chemicals common to construction work is required.  The ability to interpret blueprints, color schemes, sketches, and schematics is required.  Computer literacy is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds on a frequent basis and up to one-hundred pounds on an occasional basis; prolonged standing and frequent bending, stooping, and reaching is required on a daily basis.  A full range of physical motion is required in order to operate manual and electrically-powered tools, sprayers, and construction-related equipment.  The ability to move throughout campus, including climbing stairs in all University buildings and to work at heights from ladders or scaffolding, in order to perform construction-related work is required.  Work is performed indoors and out-of-doors, occasionally in environments that are dusty, noisy, or which could have work hazards. Near-vision acuity is required to inspect repairs and maintenance, read blueprints, building code manuals and other similar documents. Some positions in this job classification (job title) are designated as essential employees who must report to work as scheduled when University offices are closed due to severe weather; the supervisor will communicate whether the particular position is considered essential and under what situations.

Other: The scope of the position requires responding to construction emergencies or other unforeseen situations around-the-clock, as well as working in the evenings and on weekends as needed during the progress of construction projects. The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, cleaners, and adhesives common to construction work that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.  A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.


1. Assists the Construction Manager in ensuring that all assigned in-house construction projects are implemented, scheduled, and completed utilizing safe, structurally sound means and methods while meeting University standards.

2. Serves as an active member of the Campus Construction Team by performing work in the construction, repair, replacement, patching, remodeling, alteration, and finishing of building structures, facilities, furnishings, and exterior pavement, inspecting the site to determine the materials, equipment, tool requirements, and method to be used, developing plans or layouts for the projects and/or following blueprints, sketches, or schematics as well as written and verbal instructions, fabricating, building, or installing materials, equipment, and fixtures as required by the scope of work, and safely operating hand tools, power tools, and construction equipment appropriate to the assigned task.

3. Supervises the work of highly skilled construction trades staff (both full-time and part-time) in the construction, repair, replacement, patching, remodeling, alteration, and finishing of building structures, facilities, furnishings, and exterior pavement.

4. Assures completion of assigned projects with quality workmanship by assigning the level of manpower needed to successfully complete the work, planning and scheduling daily work activities, arranging for supplies and equipment for work projects, instructing staff with regard to expectations, providing direction in the proper performance of the work, monitoring work performance, inspecting the final product for conformance with specifications, standards, and expectations, providing direction with regard to correction of any deficiencies as necessary, redirecting work efforts to meet critical and/or necessary work requirements, and recommending the use of additional departmental personnel or contract personnel (as appropriate) to meet assigned completion targets.

5. Ensures that University property and equipment is protected from damage during assigned work by directing the removal of furniture, wall fixtures, and equipment from work sites if possible or covering immoveable items with protective cloths, using painting cloths or tarpaulins to cover floors and masking tape to protect woodwork, facings, and decorative trims, and supervising the construction of safe scaffolding in order to prevent damage.

6. Assists with the development of a competent and efficient construction workforce by recommending the employment of qualified applicants, training departmental personnel (as necessary) in the proper use of test equipment, hand and power tools, building materials and equipment, proper painting techniques, installation of equipment, paint sprayers, blowtorches, and shop safety, demonstrating appropriate work methods, making work assignments based upon an evaluation of job requirements and individual expertise, providing oral and/or written instructions, monitoring the progress of work, and inspecting work to ensure standards of workmanship, job safety and code compliance.

7. Assists with documenting the project work including time and materials within the Computerized Maintenance Management System and providing periodic status reports to the Construction Manager regarding the status of work projects, material consumed, and man-hours utilized.

8. Assures that assigned trades personnel have the equipment and supplies necessary to perform their work by monitoring the use of supplies and materials, estimating future material usage, requisitioning those supplies and equipment, distributing supplies/materials and equipment as required, and advising the Construction Manager regarding potential shortages, recommended replacement items, or related equipment needs.

9. Provides technical assistance in the purchase of new or replacement shop tools and equipment by evaluating available construction tools and equipment in order to standardize them, reviewing and preparing equipment specifications,  recommending the purchase of paints, tools, and equipment that are compatible with existing color schemes or equipment that meet the needs of the department, and advising the Construction Manager on shop equipment capabilities and compatibility, installation requirements and costs, and potential operations and maintenance expenses.

10. Promotes preventive maintenance as a strategy in maintaining construction tools and equipment by assisting in the development and monitoring of preventive maintenance programs, keeping accurate records on all equipment indicating all repairs/breakdowns and required and performed maintenance, performing spot checks of equipment to determine their working condition, and performing and/or directing periodic cleaning and servicing of tools and test equipment.

11. Assists the Construction Manager in working with Planning, Design & Construction as well as consultant architects and engineers to construct projects in strict accordance with construction plans, maintains documentation of project communication, prepares documentation of as-built conditions for University records, and assists the Construction Manager in ensuring cooperation and coordination with other areas with Facilities Management as well as other departments at the University.

12. Reduces the likelihood for liability regarding the University's compliance with federal regulations by complying with and enforcing policies, laws, and regulations governing environmental protection, safety, hazardous waste disposal and the use of chemical substances and materials.

13. Enforces University and departmental rules and policies regarding employee conduct by advising construction personnel of the rules and policies on employee conduct, issuing verbal warnings for violations, recommending progressive disciplinary action to the Construction Manager and Associate Director as necessary, and handling or referring employee grievances as appropriate, remaining knowledgeable of and enforcing the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement, University and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

14. Contributes to a safe accident-free work environment by enforcing operator's instructions for the proper use of power tools, power sprayers, and equipment, directing personnel to wear protective gear such as filter respirators, goggles, hearing protectors, back supports, and work gloves, making on-the-spot corrections of unsafe work activities, investigating on-the-job accidents or injuries and reporting the incidents to supervisors, and following standard safety precautions during work.

15. Assists the Construction Manager in the preparation of estimates for construction costs associated with in-house construction projects and provides necessary input for the development of working drawings, details, and project work.

16. Contributes to the overall success of the Facilities Management by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Construction Foreman is supervised by the Construction Manager, however generally operates independently within established guidelines and policies and exercises supervision of full-time and temporary construction trades personnel as required.




Factor 1: Educational Requirements of the Job

Level 2 - 100 Points: The job requires a high school diploma or equivalent.

Factor 2: Skill Requirements - Craft and Trade Skills

Level 5 - 1100 Points: This level represents journeyman-level skill in building trades or related areas requiring extended training and/or experience and considerable practical knowledge in a trade or technical area, or other skills requiring similar levels of training. Skill at this level normally requires six years of experience within the trade.

Factor 3: Managerial Responsibility

Level 5 - 500 Points: Supervision of a work group or department including hiring, training, disciplining, and directing the work of others. At this level the required supervision will likely include general rather than close supervision of others. Typically, the nature of the work may involve the supervision of other supervisors or work group leaders, or the responsibility for a rather large group of operative employees in non-technical or non-highly skilled areas. At this level, supervisory responsibilities consume significant amounts of work time and include substantial responsibility for budget development as well as financial control, purchasing, and work planning responsibilities.

Factor 4: Guidelines

Level 3 - 90 Points: Procedures and standards exist, but considerable latitude in applying procedures and selecting a sequence of activities must be exercised. The employee uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as agency policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The employee analyzes results and recommends changes.

Factor 5: Contacts

Level 4 - 175 Points: The purpose is to coordinate activities involving employees, students, and/or the general public. At this level, contacts involve considerable interpersonal skill involving cooperation and coordination and may involve the organization of activities of programs requiring working relationships among several parties. While contacts may require some level of persuasion, potential for conflicts and disputes are relatively minor.

Factor 6: Work Environment

Level 3 - 70 Points: The work area involves moderate discomfort and/or risk such as operating heavy machinery or dangerous equipment, or frequent exposure to hazardous materials. Alternatively, the work area may be subject to environmental discomfort such as poor ventilation. Loud noises, and/or extremes of heat or cold. The work often requires wearing protective gear that may be uncomfortable. The nature of the work environment may produce moderate levels of stress.

Factor 7: Physical Demands

Level 3 - 100 Points: Work requires continuous moderate with some strenuous physical exertion including standing, climbing, crawling, and regular lifting of objects over 50 pounds.

Factor 8: Responsibility for Facilities and Resources

Level 3 - 70 Points: At this level would be jobs in which the incumbent has considerable ongoing responsibility for building security and public safety.

Factor 9: Complexity

Level 4 - 700 Points: The work involves varied duties requiring many different and unrelated processes and methods such as those relating to well-established administrative or professional fields. Decisions regarding what needs to be done include the assessment of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, and incomplete or conflicting data. The work requires making many decisions concerning such things as the interpreting of considerable data, planning the work, or refining methods and techniques to be used.