First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

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About the Job

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

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What They Do

  • Suggest or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or hires.
  • Arrange for repairs of equipment or machinery.
  • Provide assistance to workers engaged in construction or extraction activities, using hand tools or other equipment.
  • Record information such as personnel, production, or operational data on specified forms or reports.
  • Train workers in construction methods, operation of equipment, safety procedures, or company policies.
  • Analyze worker or production problems and recommend solutions, such as improving production methods or implementing motivational plans.
  • Order or requisition materials or supplies.
  • Confer with managerial or technical personnel, other departments, or contractors to resolve problems or to coordinate activities.
  • Estimate material or worker requirements to complete jobs.
  • Assign work to employees, based on material or worker requirements of specific jobs.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ERC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Additional Resources

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.


In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $79,340 with most people making between $46,840 and $120,690


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 49,700 people in California. It is projected that there will be 61,700 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1,200 openings due to growth and about 390 replacement openings for approximately 1,590 total annual openings.