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Building Supervisor

Building Supervisor

A key role in ensuring the timely and effective management of building projects.

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.

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.
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.

What can I earn as a Building Supervisor?

The most common salary  for a Building Supervisor is between $95k and $110k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Building Supervisor

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. Complete Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40110 or Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Site Management) CPC40508.
  2. 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.
  3. Explore further opportunities for study (such as a Bachelor of Construction Management) or move into consulting or management.

Explore Building Supervisor qualifications

As a qualified Builder, a further tertiary qualification in construction management will develop your skills as a Building Supervisor.

Duration 40 wks - 4 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Civil construction experience
  • Landscape construction experience
  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Civil project experience
  • Trade qualification
  • Construction
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Estimating
  • Computer skills
  • Resilience

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • Project management experience
  • White Card
  • AutoCAD
  • Management experience
  • Estimating skills
  • People management
  • Autocad
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Revit
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Building Supervisors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 9 Building Supervisors surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Registered builder QLD
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Helping people who have been through destruction due to Mother Nature
The challenges
Being able to communicate with clients as well as contractors in a difficult situation
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 4 building and construction
Experience
0 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Not applicable
The good things
Good work life balance with the opportunity to further my construction experience
The challenges
High stress but very rewarding
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4 out of 5Feb 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cert 3 in Carpentry and Joinery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
MUlti unit sites
The good things
As a Building supervisor you are able to run your own show which creates its own sets of challenges which lends itself to keeping you busy there is always a suprise around the corner that tests your r...
The challenges
The challenges are constant when you supervise people and you learn many things along the way that you can't learn anywhere but on the job, the most challenging thing is to gain and deliver respect it...
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Rating:3
Date received:Feb 2018
Tough and stressful
Reviewer's Qualification:Diploma
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:People management
The challenges:Dealing with pressure
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
The satisfaction of Being able to see what you have created!
Reviewer's Qualification:Diploma of building and construction managment
Experience:5 - 9 years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Manager
The good things:It allows you to think outside the box as your are essentially a problem solver.
The challenges:In construction every day is a new challenge. Different products and methods are devolved within the industry every day and in this role you are essentially the Guinea pig working them out
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Life as a Construction manager
Reviewer's Qualification:Bachelor of Building
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation:Not applicable
The good things:Never boring, challenging, all good and bad projects come to and end, sense of achievement, part of creating a new piece of infrastructure, team work and team building, being a leader and role model for others.
The challenges:Long days, managing stress, large workload, managing people
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Site management
Reviewer's Qualification:BEng
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Construction
The good things:Managing different tradesmen and women to work as a team and achieve the ultimate goal is tough but rewarding.
The challenges:Having to take control of lot of different tasks and successfully complete them and to deliver a project in time and under budget is challenging but it is extremely satisfying.
Rating:5
Date received:Jun 2018
very hard, but rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification:Builders Licence
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:looking after the construction side of the company
The good things:Having full control of the build of the houses, & aking clients happy
The challenges:Making hard decisions & staying in control
Rating:5
Date received:Feb 2018
Building is hard work but l wouldn't do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification:Apprenticeship
Experience:10+ years
Organisation size:Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation:Getting the project completed in time and financially
The good things:Its a tough role but getting a satisfaction out off completing the project on time without defects
The challenges:The challenge is getting the finishes that l expect no comprises.
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

What are the job opportunities for Building Supervisors?

Find out how the job market is trending

Job opportunities

Building Supervisor jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
13.3%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Construction Managers
Latest Building Supervisor jobs on SEEK
Vivid Home Builders
Hervey Bay & Fraser Coast
We are looking for a passionate solutions focused individual to work within our busy residential building company.
Johns Lyng Group
Gold Coast
Do you have a Carpentry / Building Trade background and experience Supervising Construction Projects? Join our Burleigh Heads team today!
Deacon Recruitment
Brisbane
Seeking an experienced Architectural Home Site Supervisor or Builder looking to join QLDs premier design and construct builder. 800k - 1.5mil homes!
Development Careers
Brisbane > Southern Suburbs & Logan
Experience Project Home supervisor. Travel between sites. Company Car included.
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