WHAT IS A FOREMAN?
Foremen (Forepersons) serve as a point of contact between workers on a job site and project supervisors. They may also manage schedules, set project priorities for each workday, and assist in budgeting. We will foster a safe and inclusive industry by identifying opportunities for improvement and develop actionable Foremen (Forepersons) to manage crews of workers on project sites.
WHAT SKILLS DOES A FOREMAN POSSESS?
Foremen (Forepersons) must feel confident in their ability to communicate with crew and supervisors. Leading a team towards shared goals, a Foreman (Foreperson) must pivot timelines and communicate changes when necessary to sustain smooth workflow.
The following skills will ensure individuals will be successful in their role as a Foreman (Foreperson):
- Substantial experience in the field of the waterfront
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to lead and manage a team
- Problem solving skills
- Time management skills
- The physical demands of the job of the various waterfront employers varies from site to site. You must be able to meet those requirements, which typically requires working on your feet for extended periods of time.
“Working as a Foreman has been extremely rewarding. I am proud of the effective communication that has been established between me and my crew. I look forward to going into work every day”
- Only men can work as a Foreman (Foreperson)
- Foremen (Forepersons) must be assertive and aggressive
- Foremen (Forepersons) must maintain distance from their crew and avoid familiarity