Building Supervisor

A key role in ensuring the timely and effective management of building projects.
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What's it like to be a Building Supervisor?

Building Supervisors plan, organise and control construction projects by undertaking quality inspections and supervising staff and subcontractors.
Building Supervisor

Tasks and duties

  • Coordinating staff, contractors and materials to ensure targets on projects are met.
  • Preparing and administering council applications and building contracts.
  • Supervising internal employees and monitoring subcontractors to ensure safety and technical specifications are adhered to.
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Building Supervisors may manage multiple jobs at any one time, and every building work contractor, individual or company, must have a registered building work supervisor to properly supervise their work and ensure that it meets required standards.

How to become a Building Supervisor

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To work as a Building Supervisor, the most common pathway is to have practical experience and then complete a further qualification. Construction project supervisors commonly have a bachelor's degree in civil construction, industrial or mechanical engineering together with experience in project management.

  1. Apply for registration as a Building Work Supervisor (plumbers and electricians often do not need to as their professional registration covers them as a building work supervisor). Applicants must supply copies of relevant trade certificates, technical qualifications or evidence of experience, and may be required to attend an interview to assess their relevant experience and technical skills.
  2. Explore further opportunities for study (such as a Bachelor of Construction Management) or move into consulting or management.

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Latest Building Supervisor reviews

Latest reviews from 6 Building Supervisors surveyed on SEEK.

Mar 2021
Project management is tough but has great job satisfaction
Reviewer's Qualification
Victorian Certificate of Education
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Project management
The good things
Being in charge and responsible to make decisions both company and client based to achieve a result
The challenges
High demand job, high pressure situations
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May 2021
Residential site supervisor
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Building
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Site supervisor Resi construction
The good things
I get great support for the senior supervisor and construction manager along with training. Positive Happy work environment, working onsite 80%of the time with trades and suppliers is great beats an o...
The challenges
Work loads can get heavy and office scheduling support can be hard to get. Suppliers and materials are the hardest thing to follow up
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