28-Construction supervisors

Job Title: 

Construction supervisors

Job Description: 

Plan, direct, coordinate, or budget, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems.


Construction supervisors, coordinate, supervise and schedule the activities of work processes and workers engaged in the construction, augmentation and repair of buildings and structures


Job activities and tasks include:

  • reading specifications to determine construction requirements and planning procedures
  • organizing and coordinating the material and human resources required to complete jobs
  • examining and inspecting work progress
  • examining equipment and construction sites to ensure that health and safety requirements are met
  • supervising construction sites and coordinating work with other construction projects
  • supervising the activities of building trades workers, labourers and other construction workers

Supervision - organizing and coordinating human resources and personnel performance as well as overseeing responsibility for sites and projects

  • Coordination and Organization of Material Resources - Arranging for, and seeing to the appropriate supply and use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology; This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services
  • Construction and Processing - Knowledge of materials, construction processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective construction of structures buildings and facilities
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Civil Engineering Fundamentals - Knowledge of structures, facilities, building, soils, composites and materials concerned with designing, building, and maintaining public works, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; Including troubleshooting and determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly measure and estimate exact positions
  • English (Technical) Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the engineering related technical English terminologies
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant engineering applications and programs
  • Team work or individual - job may require him/her to work alone or in conjunction with engineers, building contractors, architects and scientists.
  • Work Context: 

    Work on and supervise construction engineering projects. Usually work regular business hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends or be on call. Work in offices and on construction sites, which may be isolated. May also, travel to various workplaces to review progress and performance.


    Diploma in civil or construction engineering or related discipline, higher qualification or equivalent

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Abu Dhabi Sewerage Service Company, Municipality of Abu Dhabi, Musanada

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 5,000 and less than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Building construction supervisor - Site manager (construction)
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Construction project manager - Project builder - Clerk of Works

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi