Construction companies are responsible for constructing various types of buildings and take on public projects, private projects and institutional projects. Projects may include roads, bridges, parking garages, office buildings, hotels, renovations, schools, courthouses, banks and condominiums. Construction company owners must fulfill a plethora of duties and manage issues that include delays, construction lien law, surety law and design standards.
The owner of a construction company is responsible for acquiring building permits. Each permit has a project type, for example, new construction, major alterations or additions. Obtaining a permit is necessary in order for any type of building to be built, and a construction company acquires it after the construction company owner meets with the building department -- which oversees both commercial and residential construction in a city or town -- and meets with zoning consultants.
Construction company owners visit the construction sites of active projects and observe how their workers are getting the work done. Owners note the techniques that workers are using and ensure workers are performing their jobs correctly; if owners detect inefficiencies, then they will instruct workers on how to improve. If workers have not made any mistakes but are confused about something, then owners will coach them through the work until any misunderstanding is cleared up.
Construction company owners will often be present during inspections so that they can speak directly with inspectors. Inspectors are responsible for thoroughly inspecting construction sites. Inspectors will observe the work done and decide whether the construction company is carrying out tasks efficiently. Sometimes inspectors will also decide whether the project must come to a halt and be abandoned, or if the construction company may finish the work that it has started.
Construction company owners are responsible for hiring subcontractors and ordering materials to complete a project. Construction company owners must speak with owners of the buildings being constructed and discuss whether the project is still running smoothly. If the client wishes for something that is impossible to safely build, then the construction company owner will discuss alternatives with the client.
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Job Description for a Secretary at a Construction Company
In addition to having good communication, organizational, math and computer skills, construction company secretaries must also understand the construction process and terminology...