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Jobs in the construction sector

Employment scenario in the construction sector
As can be seen from Table 16.1, this industry employs a large number of unskilled workers. Graduates are employed as Engineers and Clerks. Diploma-holders and ITI technicians are employed as Technicians and Skilled Workmen. In all 225,000 engineering jobs, 550,000 technician jobs, and 192,000 clerical jobs were added in the period 2005 to 2011. The demand for Engineers, Technicians and non-engineering graduates will continue to grow in this sector.


Entry-Level job roles
The Infrastructure Sector provides lot of employment opportunities— both blue collar and white collar. Here we direct the spotlight on four white-collar jobs. Many of the jobs in HR, procurement, and projects have already been covered earlier in the chapters on HR, Finance and Accounts, and Operations and hence are not covered here.

INF 1 project civil engineer
Job Description
A Project Civil Engineer manages and oversees construction and maintenance activities of buildings, roads, dams, airports, railroads, bridges, power plants, and so on. A Civil Engineer is responsible for the cost, safety, and timely completion of the project.

Typical Responsibilities

  1. Visiting project sites and conducting surveys.
  2. Estimating and managing construction budgets.
  3. Approving project designs/drawings/reports.
  4. Preparing blueprints for projects and bids for tenders.
  5. Liaising with local authorities for various approvals.
  6. Preparing an estimate of materials, manpower, and machinery required for commencing the construction, and getting the same approved by the management.
  7. Determining the time that will be taken to complete the project and scheduling work accordingly.
  8. Constantly inspecting the construction site and materials used.
  9. Approving contractor bills after verifying the quantum of work.
  10. Working with the Site Supervisor to ensure the construction is going on as per the actual plan.
  11. Ensuring that the project is completed within allocated budgets and within timelines.

INF 2 site supervisor
Job Description
While the Project Civil Engineer is responsible for the engineering aspects of construction, the operational aspects are managed by the Site Supervisor. The individual who ensures the coordination and control of these activities on-site is known as the Site Supervisor.

Typical Responsibilities

  1. Ensuring the construction site and the facilities there are well maintained.
  2. Planning and hiring construction equipment materials.
  3. Planning, procuring, and receiving materials at the site after inspection.
  4. Constantly inspecting the construction site and materials used, to avoid future problems.
  5. Hiring of workers and technicians and payments to them.
  6. Recruiting contractors and sub-contractors.
  7. Allotting and scheduling work to teams on a daily basis.
  8. Ensuring safety of workers.
  9. Dealing with workers’ unions.
  10. Preparing reports on the progress of construction and submitting the same to the management.
  11. Liaising with the Civil Engineer to see that construction moves ahead as per the actual plan.
  12. Communicating any delays in delivery in delivery of materials and equipment to the management

INF 3 interior designer
Job Description
While the Civil Engineers take care of the structure and the exterior of the building, the Interior Designer is responsible for the interiors. She/ he decides on the furniture, furnishings, fixtures, colours, paintings, and lighting of the place and is involved in designing homes and offices or renovating existing places to make them look more attractive and pleasing. An Interior Designer can choose to design the interior of residential as well as commercial buildings.

Typical Responsibilities:

  1. Communicating with clients and understanding their requirements.
  2. Coming up with a design plan and estimate of expenditure.
  3. Presenting the design plan to customers.
  4. Hiring the required personnel to carry out architectural work.
  5. Suggesting innovative ideas and models to clients on space, layout, furniture, and so on.
  6. Purchasing all the materials required.
  7. Supervising the work of contractors, assessing their work, and making payments to them.
  8. Completing the work within the specified time-frame and budget.

Author: T. Muralidharan
Name of publication: Telangana Today
Date published on: 25/06/2018
published in: Hyderabad
Tags: Jobs and Careers

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