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Superintendent

Use strong leadership skills to oversee an organisation or activity.

What's it like to be a Superintendent?

A Superintendent is a person who manages an organisation or activity. Superintendents commonly work in areas such as building and construction, mining, education, engineering or telecommunications.

Superintendent

Tasks and duties

  • Coordinating and controlling operations at a worksite, warehouse or organisation to ensure efficient and effective processes, procedures and actions.
  • Reviewing, approving and administering projects and contracts, in addition to providing technical advice and support to employees and managers as required.
  • Implementing a high-level understanding of regulatory standards to ensure compliance of statutory guidelines and safety regulations.
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Strong leadership and communication skills, and an ability to effectively manage your time are essential to be a successful Superintendent.

Superintendents are usually individuals who have a technical or practical background in industry in which they are working (e.g. in a mechanical trade to work as a Maintenance Superintendent), in addition to supervisory experience.

What can I earn as a Superintendent?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Superintendent is between $170k and $190k
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How to become a Superintendent


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To work as a Superintendent in Australia, you will usually need to have tertiary qualifications in engineering, project management or business management, and/or extensive experience in site-based management roles.

  1. Hold a tertiary qualification related to the field you wish to work in and gain supervisory experience in your chosen field.
  2. Investigate whether you also need to have specific requirements such as a White Card, Working at Heights or Confined Spaces.

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How do Superintendents rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Superintendents surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.2
Career progression opportunities
3.5
Job security
3.4
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
3.9

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Aug 2019
Mining is a dynamic role which offers a lot of varied opportunities and provides good remuneration.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Engineering (Mining)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Mining
The good things
Increased responsibility, good amount of exposure across multiple disciplines, ability to influence schedule and execution.
The challenges
Discipline, schedule execution, balancing priorities, safe production.
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Aug 2019
Civil foreman is a challenging career but the rewards out weigh the difficulties. I wouldn’t do anything else.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Civil superintendent
The good things
I enjoy the challenges that running projects has, no project you do will ever be the same. Leading a team on site is rewarding, as is watching the site personnel gain experience and further their own ...
The challenges
Dealing with the challenges of each project can be difficult, you have to be able think on your feet. If you don’t know the answer to the questions you get, take the time to collect the information be...
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Working hours for Superintendents

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