I deal daily with the budget, the client, the authorities, the inspectors, the subs, the safety, the
planning and the finish product along with the warranty. I am the one the police come to, or call when
there is trouble on the jobsite at night or on a weekend. I am the responsible party who calms the
neighbors when the forklift drives across their grass. I have had the responsibility of deciding on who gets
the concrete contract, or the plumbing contract. I schedule the job, following agreed upon guidelines. I
have drawn up contracts between the subs and the General Contractor. I have had as many as men
daily under my supervision.
Please allow me to explain my experience to you. For example, the biggest building in your city
doesn’t matter which one. While it was being built, the architect and the engineers designed it. The
general contractor agreed to build it according to those designs. Sub contractors then agreed with the
General Contractor to perform their part of the project. I usually work for the General Contractor, and
deal with the Architects, and Engineers. I study the plans and interpret them to the Sub contractors.
When they have questions, suggestions and problems I work with the sub, under the direction of the
General Contractor, to maintain the progress of the project.
I deal with the inspections department and the safety aspects of the jobsite. I am the one who
represents the General Contractor to the client, the organization who is spending the money to build. In
doing my duty, on this jobsite, I have to be the first one there in the morning, and the last one out in the
evening. I enforce the safety rules on the job. I will kick you off the property if you refuse to wear your
personal safety equipment. I may not want to, but if you make one exception to the rule, there is no rule.
When unexpected issues arrive, I solve them, if it is in my power to do so. Or, I call the Architect and let
him know what the problem is and the time frame in which we need an answer. Another of my duties is to
document the job, every bit of paper generated by the building process, needs to be kept, filed, organized
and added to as necessary. I photograph the job daily and send the photos to my boss. I keep a personal
daybook in which I document the work done that day, and who did what. I write down all job pertinent
conversations between the subs and myself. Or the Local building inspector and myself, or the Architect
Another part of the job I do is to solve extras, Extras are unexpected items that pop up and no one has
planned for them. No one has agreed, for a price, to do them. When one of my subs comes to me with an
extra work item, I first check his contract to make sure it’s not his job, and then I check everyone’s contract.
If it’s still unknown, unassigned, I get prices from subs to do the work, hand them to my employers, along
with my recommendation. I maintain a clean jobsite, by doing so it increases the men’s pride in what they
are doing, and it is a safety issue. Also it doesn’t portray my employer well to have chunks of building
materials flying through downtown on a strong breeze.
Then finally I get to pass final inspections, obtain what we call the CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY,
from whichever governmental source and hand the keys to the building over to the new owners.