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Metal Building Erector/Iron Worker
There are various levels of advanced skills but in general, Metal Building Assemblers erects metal building systems according to blueprint specifications and engineering drawings, using hand tools, power tools, and hoisting equipment. They erect the frame of buildings using a hoist. They bolt steel frame members together. They attach bracing and insulating materials to framework. They screw corrugated sheet metal roof and siding panels to framework. They read blueprints to determine location of items such as doors, windows, ventilators, and skylights and install items using cutting torches, wrenches and power drills. They trim excess sheet metal using power saws, power shears and tin snips. They install corner, gable, rake, door and window trims. They install gutters and downs. They perform job-site and routine clean-up.
- Must have reliable transportation to the job.
- Must possess such speaking, reading and comprehension abilities as may be essential for reading and understanding written and oral instructions applicable to their job.
- Must comply with all company and job-site specific health and safety policies and procedures, and local government health safety regulations
- Must remain current in trade practices through educational opportunities while actively participating in safety training
- Must take direction and follow instructions from foreman and project managers
- Must be self-motivated and dependable
- Must demonstrate quality workmanship
- Must maintain acute safety awareness
- Must be observant and detail oriented
- Must be agile with a strong sense of balance
- Must be comfortable at great heights and walking on narrow beams
- Must have above average strength to handle and maneuver heavy materials
- Must demonstrate effective interpersonal skills including tact and diplomacy while working with a variety of individuals and groups
Summary of Responsibilities
The Estimator is a critical position. Estimators are responsible for evaluating bid specifications and drawings, ensuring that we know everything required to successfully bid and win the project. Estimators must aggressively follow-up with subcontractors to ensure that bids are received. Estimators also work with the Project Management teams to follow-up on bids and budgets to close the business.
- Bid Administration
- Prepares and maintains status of plan reproduction
- Solicits and maintains communication with subcontractors and vendors
- Prepares subcontractor bid packages
- Transmits addenda and other bid information to subcontractors
- Ensures that we have the proper coverage from subcontractors on bid day
- Contacts supply houses to obtain additional subcontractor bids
- Shows creativity and resourcefulness to gain better pricing from subcontractors
- Submits 100% of bids and budgets by the bid deadline – no exceptions
- Enters all relevant information into computer
- Project Knowledge
- Review bid requirements thoroughly and asks follow-up question on every bid
- Has a thorough understanding of the scope for specific trades assigned
- Develops RFI’s and clarifications and ensure adequate subcontractor coverage and shows interest
- Performs a comprehensive “bid day” analysis and scoping of specific assigned trades
- Understands how to fit subs to the size/scope of project
- Creates bid lists that fit scope of job, ensuring that we have the right subs for the project
- Minimize exclusions by “doing our homework”
- Include value-engineering ideas on every bid
- Follow up & closing
- Consistently follows up on submitted bids and budgets with Architect and/or Construction Manager to close business.
- Knows architects, construction managers, property managers, brokers and can close business
- Project turnover
- Properly turns over bid documents and sub buyout information to Project Management in a timely manner. Goal is 100% of awarded projects turned over within 24 hours of notification.
- Review drawings with Project Management team and highlight areas of concern
- Review job cost with Project Management team and highlight any subs/material vendors that still need to be awarded
- Complete project kick-off form to ensure compliance
- Subcontractor award
- Thoroughly checks requirements to buy the proper scope
- Awards subs in a timely manner to ensure release of materials
- Releases materials for record only when possible
- Ensures that subs are aware of (and commit to) the project schedule
- Provide subs with as much information as possible (PM, Super, permit status, etc.)
- Subcontractor management
- Seeks & qualifies new subcontractors
- Holds subcontractors to the comany standards
Builds Long Term Relationships
- Handle all subcontractor interactions in a manner designed to build a long term relationship.
- Develop personal / social relationships with selective subcontractors.
Operate as One Team
- Build strong win-win relationships with other departments within company, including project management, marketing, business development, accounting, and superintendents.
Go the Extra Mile
- Do whatever it takes to ensure that company bids and proposals are competitive and have the greatest chance of winning. This may require the employee to arrive early, stay late, or perform tasks not specifically outlined in the job description.
- Double-check all critical work deliverables to minimize mistakes.
Never Stop Improving
- Initiate personal development program to build professional and managerial skills.
- Read local business and relevant construction trade publications.
- Initiate suggestions for company-wide process improvements.
- Research and maintain technological excellence in their work environment.
Engineer Win-Win Solutions
- Develop creative solutions to problems.
- Identify creative ways to deliver additional profit if possible.
- Complete all activities with a pride of ownership “as if it was your name on the door.”
- Participate in company-wide events, such as meetings, socials, etc.
- Demonstrate adherence to and performance in keeping with the goals of company’s Equal
Employment Opportunity Policy and Affirmative Action obligations.
The foreman occupies the first supervisory tier for a project, ranking above workers but below managers. The Foreman determines the priorities for work to be done, based on personal initiative and authority. You are responsible for the safety of your team and your project. You must determine whether you have the number of employees possessing the required skills for the job, verify that the needed items are available and direct employees on which tasks are to be completed first. You are responsible for setting the pace of the project and ultimately for production. If problems arise, you may alter the schedule to minimize down time or assign workers to another section if necessary.
- Safety is the priority for every project. As foreman, you will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of all safety plans, safety requirements per contract and in-house, as well as the training and scheduling for all employees assigned to you. You are responsible to ensure that workers obey all safety regulations, whether they are statutory or specific to the project. You are responsible for communicating safety procedures to employees or offering safety training to new workers. You are expected to inspect the work environment and equipment to verify that no hazardous conditions exist. In the event of an accident, the foreman will prepare the preliminary incident report.
- Quality Control You are responsible to ensure that a project is completed to acceptable standards. You are expected to be able to understand from the blueprints provided how the finished project will look.
- Personnel/Administration You are responsible for employees assigned to you. You may need to document their actions, such as writing a justification for firing a worker, recommending necessary training or a promotion. Your mandate includes taking or recommending disciplinary action on deserving cases. You are the timekeeper for your crew. You are expected to control the pace of production and prepare time and man hour projection reports for use by Payroll and Project Management. You are responsible for assigning mentors to new hires and for the overall integrity of on-the-job training for your assigned crew.
- Other Duties Depending on the job, you may be responsible for tracking inventory and initiating requisitions for needed parts or supplies. You are expected to prepare progress or production reports, schedule downtime for routine maintenance or provide estimates on production output. You are expected to arrange for proper receiving and storage of materials at the construction site and evaluate plans for each construction job.
- Communication Depending on the project size you may be the liaison with the client or Project Manager. You may be expected to give clients tours of the project, and update them on their project’s progress. You may be expected to communicate with others involved in the project to convey necessary information.
Financial Control You are in charge of financial resources allocated to the project, and are expected to account for all expenditures. You should recommend or communicate necessary purchases and other direct expenditures. You need to communicate any anticipated problems and opportunities. You are responsible to ensure that a project is completed within budget and/or to keep management informed of issues and concerns that may prevent that from happening.