Successful remodeling firms across the county have adopted a bottom-up production management system to ensure high-quality, on-time, on-budget jobs. Lead Carpenter System: A Guide for Remodelers and Their Employees
, by Wendy A. Jordan, shows remodelers how to set up a lead carpenter system, select and hire high-quality lead carpenters, and maintain communications between office and job sites. In addition to successful case studies, the book contains more than 100 pages of helpful forms. Included on a computer disk are hiring forms and tests, job descriptions, performance evaluation forms, pre-construction guides and checklists, job progress reports, and work assessment and inspection checklists.
The following sections have been condensed and excerpted from the book:
Responsibilities of the Lead Carpenter
The lead carpenter’s job description may include requirements to:
Evaluate and revise estimates before construction begins
Perform all carpentry, requesting help as needed
Track actual costs against estimated costs
Handle material takeoffs and orders
Schedule trade contractors
Supervise all labor at the jobsite
Process all time cards
Perform ongoing quality checks, making corrections or
requiring trade contractors to make corrections as necessary
Prevent and solve job-related problems
Communicate daily with the clients to ensure customer
Write all change order forms
Maintain the job file
Keep the jobsite clean
Monitor safety of equipment and the jobsite
Enforce safety requirements
Report daily to the office about the project
Provide progress reports at company production meetings
Things to Look for During the Trial Employment Period
Most companies have a probationary, or trial employment, period for new hires. Observe the new lead carpenter closely during this time to verify the lead’s strengths and identify any problem areas. Ask yourself these questions:
Are the lead’s construction skills and knowledge adequate?
Is the lead reliable, honest and trustworthy?
Does the lead demonstrate skill in building and maintaining a positive working relationship with the clients?
Does the lead take instruction and constructive criticism well?
Is the lead a good judge of work quality?
Does the lead willingly follow rules--including safety regulations and company policies?
Does the lead have a realistic concept of his or her skill level?
Does the lead have realistic expectations regarding promotions, pay raises and
Performance Appraisal: Lead Carpenter
Lead carpenters can rate themselves on certain items using a 1-5 scale (5=distinguished, 4=outstanding, 3=commendable, 2=provisional, 1=marginal):
Job close out
Communication with customer
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