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.
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.

What can I earn as a Building Supervisor?

The most common salary  for a Building Supervisor is between $90k and $100k
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.
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Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

What are employers looking for?

Employers want:
  • Civil construction experience
  • Landscape construction experience
  • Valid Driver's Licence
  • Civil project experience
  • Trade qualification
Shortlisted applicants have:
  • Project management experience
  • White Card
  • AutoCAD
  • Management experience
  • Estimating skills
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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3 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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 f...
The challenges
Long days, managing stress, large workload, managing people
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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.
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5 out of 5Jun 2018
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
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5 out of 5Feb 2018
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.
Read more
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
12.6%
2017
2022
Source: LMIP. Construction Managers
Latest Building Supervisor jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data