Project Foreman

posted Jun 29, 2018, 10:25 AM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Project Foreman                                                                          Job Code:          1110      

Division:          Operations                                                                                 Effective Date: 04/15

Department:     Road                                                                                          Last Revised:  5/98     




Performs a variety of supervisory and technical duties related to planning, organizing, and coordinating the daily operations of the County’s Roads department. Performs a variety of highly skilled tasks in the operation and maintenance of light to heavy duty equipment to construct, maintain, or repair county roads and service systems.




Works under the general guidance and direction of the Road Department Director.




Provides immediate to close supervision to direct reports for Road, Construction, and repair.




1.       Supervises employees by hiring, orienting, scheduling, training, assigning and reviewing work performance, completing performance evaluations, and taking disciplinary action.


2.       Operates specialized heavy equipment such as a road grader, dozer, and medium equipment such as backhoe, front-end loader, water wagon, oiling truck; operates sweeper, chipper, roller, tractor, and other similar equipment in the maintenance, construction and repair of county road systems; monitors flood control channels to prevent blockage, clears culverts of debris; repairs pot holes, highway shoulders, lays road cover and gravel.


3.       Assures timely completion of projects; monitors work in progress to assure compliance with work standards; makes field decisions related to personnel needs, equipment and materials.


4.       Maintains daily project records; reads and interprets plans; determines plan conformity to established standards; monitors construction data on plans.


5.       Discusses construction problems with Road Director, contract engineer(s), contractor or other personnel; evaluates scope of problem and determines alternative course(s) of action; exercises professional judgment where errors could produce costly consequences.


6.       Performs basic surveying and excavating clearances for projects prior to construction.


7.       Operates trucks, dump trucks and pups, snow plow and sanders in hauling, plowing and cleaning streets and highways; repairs and replaces highway markers and road signs; operates mower to clear and maintain weed growth; controls tree growth in the right-of-ways; operates dozer as needed to control fires by pushing fire breaks.


8.       Checks and services assigned equipment; performs routine maintenance and emergency repairs; reports mechanical problems to the shop for repair; operates a variety of hand and power tools in performing general maintenance of vehicles and equipment; may assist in the fabrication of equipment parts.


9.       Provides training and instruction for employees in the proper operation and general maintenance of heavy and medium sized equipment. Performs preventative maintenance on equipment, such as oil and filter changes, greasing equipment, checking and changing battery, checking and changing hoses, repairing flats, checking and filling oil, and washing vehicles.


10.    Researches and may order materials for new and existing road construction projects.


11.    Performs other related duties as assigned.


                             Project Forman, page 2



1.                    Education and Experience:


A.             Sufficient education and training to demonstrate an aptitude or ability to perform above and related duties;


B              Seven (7) years of general road and bridge construction experience; basic civil engineering, public works construction management or related field,  one (1) year of which must have been in a position equivalent to that of foreman or crew leader;


C.            An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.             Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Thorough knowledge of blueprints, grades, machinery, materials, and methods on constructing roads, bridges, drainage systems, culverts; solid waste regulations and procedures; etc.; of principles of supervision and worker motivation; general accounting principles and practices; budget development and control programs; safety standards related to road and bridge construction; hazards common to heavy equipment operation; equipment maintenance and repair standards; engineering/architectural design development procedures, cost analysis and scheduling practices.  Working knowledge of engineering processes and procedures; engineering principles and methods; civil engineering standards; building. Plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes; modern construction methods, practices, materials, tools and equipment.


Skill in the operation of heavy mechanized equipment as required by the position, i.e., Roller, Sweeper, Chipper Box, 10-Wheel Dump, Loader, Belly Dump, Track Loader, Cat/Dozer, Road Grader, Sanders, Water Truck, etc.


Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; plan, organize, and direct the affairs and operations of a department engaged in a variety of construction projects related to road and bridge systems; visualize completed projects in planning stages and estimate the end results; estimate quantity of materials accurately; develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, subordinates, and the public.


3.             Special Qualifications:


Must pass FEMA/NIMS and ICS courses as required for the position, within a time frame designated by administration.

Must possess a valid New Mexico Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.



4.             Work Environment:


Tasks require variety of physical activities, occasionally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, and lifting. Talking, hearing and seeing essential to the performance of daily job functions.  Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and some creative problem solving.  Daily travel in automobile or heavy equipment required in job performance.