Every construction project needs an organizational structure. One role that's often necessary on projects is the construction superintendent. You might wonder what one will do on your job. Here's what you need to know.

Hiring and Labor Relations

It's not uncommon for a construction superintendent to appear on a big project. This means a job big enough that you might be dealing with two or more trade unions, several labor agreements, and laws at the local, state, and federal levels. A superintendent often ends up being a point of contact for all of these issues, especially when outside parties need information.

You want to have someone around who can hold all of those ideas in their head while hiring folks for the project. If you hire a plumbing contractor for part of the job, for example, you don't want this to give rise to a union complaint. Fortunately, the superintendent will set up the work schedule, making sure that the right people will be present at each stage of the project. They also handle things like approving time off and filling roles when workers are hurt on the job.

Above the Foremen and Contractors

These sorts of projects also tend to be big enough that someone needs to tie things together at a level above the everyday bosses. Construction superintendents have the authority to direct foremen and contractors, and they may also set up training programs. Similarly, they will be responsible for inspecting work and signing off on its completion for contractual purposes.

Budgeting and Accounting

With so much activity occurring concurrently, there are lots of ways budgets can creep upward. The construction superintendent is responsible for making sure the job follows the budget and that all expenses go into accounting. If materials go in or out of inventory, they need to make sure those additions or subtractions go into the accounting system, too. When it's necessary to reconcile worker expenses, material usage, and other costs, the superintendent will have the answers.

Compliance and Standards

Large construction projects also entail compliance with laws and industry standards. If someone needs to fill out a report, the superintendent will identify who should do the report. Likewise, they'll make sure the report gets to whatever authority requires it.

Also, there may be terms outlined in the architectural and engineering documents attached to the contract that defines what workers are to do. For example, an engineer might have required a certain type of concrete for the foundation. The construction superintendent must ensure everyone understands and follows that stipulation. For more information, contact a company like Titan Consultants.