Supervisory Training Programs


A Foreman’s Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce – Step I - Nic Bittle
When we can develop a group of individuals to perform like a team great things can happen. In A Foreman’s Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce, Nic will walk your foremen and supervisors through how to develop their team for long-term success. As natural mentors on the jobsite it is up to the Foremen and Supervisors to develop their crew to be the next leaders of the industry. In this ½ day program your Supervisor/Foreman will learn the following: the 4 Core Competencies lacking in most of the workforce entering the industry today, how to develop those competencies within your team while on the job, how to develop each team member so that everyone communicates on a higher level, and tips, tricks, tactics, and techniques a foreman and/or supervisor must master to effectively lead in today’s market.

A Foreman’s Field Guide to Developing Your Workforce – Step II - Nic Bittle – NEW for 2017
A Foreman’s Field Guide Step II is a next step look at how to get more out of your crew on a daily basis. In Step I we laid the foundation for developing and mentoring your crew. Now it is time to take it a step deeper. How do you push your crew without alienating them? How do you deliver criticism that will change a crew members behavior without changing their attitude for the worse? How do you develop a work ethic and initiative in a generation that many not possess these behaviors and skills? In this half day program your Supervisor/Foreman will learn how to breakdown the communications barriers between a foreman and his or her crew and much, much more. Learn the tips, tricks, tactics, and techniques a foreman and/or supervisor must master to effectively lead in today’s market.

Field Based Project Management – Closing the Gap Between the Office and Field – Kevin Dougherty
This SMACNA program is designed for field personnel to understand the importance of the project management process and provide them with the tools to improve profitability for each job. Topics covered in the program include: the basics of project management, kick-off meetings, the pre-planning meeting, job site organization, job meetings, scheduling, and project review.

Growing and Developing Foremen- Kevin Dougherty - NEW for 2017
A “must” program for any foreman in today’s tough market. This 8 hours training program is designed specifically for the construction foreman and supervisor. Learn how to take control of the job from the start, establish effective productivity habits and communication, understand the difference between leadership and management, learn how to coach and mentor for improved team performance and how to properly delegate. Kevin will teach you how to deal with difficult people and workers in a professional manner, motivate employees and get the most out of today’s workforce.

How To Be A More Effective Foreman – Kevin Dougherty
Interested in improving your communication skills and being more productive? This program covers communication skills, conflict resolution techniques, productivity enhancement, motivational tactics, and time management skills for foremen. This program is designed for new foreman as well as experienced supervisors. Participants will come away with tools to enhance job performance.

Managing Critical Project Resources & Customer Relationships – Maxim Consulting – NEW for 2017
This half day session will discuss the management side of knowing the status of and controlling the various resources that need to be managed for a successful project. The systems, metrics, reporting tools and what to do with the information are important factors in being a great project manager whether your resources are people, materials or equipment. Construction is a service industry and how we treat our customers impact the success of the project and business. This session will drive home the importance of developing great customer relationships.

Project Planning AND Leadership – Maxim Consulting

  • Project Leadership: How Leadership Differs From Management: Project managers are also project leaders. Participants will explore both management and leadership behaviors and learn why they are different. Participants will discuss what effective leadership looks like and how to lead more effectively.
  • Project Planning from Preconstruction to Closeout: Planning does not end when the project starts – participants will discuss how to lead planning from the beginning of the project all the way until the customer accepts the finished project.

Productivity AND Time Management Action Planning – Maxim Consulting

  • Driving Project Success: Keys to Improving Productivity: How can the project manager improve productivity? This session will explain how by reviewing the keys to minimizing waste and inefficiencies’ as getting the best effort from the field forces. Participants will receive practical tools that can be implemented by the managers to lower the cost of production.
  • Time Management: Achieving Maximum Productivity: Personal productivity is about self-management and improving habits to maximize your use of time. Participants will review several tips to improve skills and conduct a self-analysis for use of time to apply the lessons learned. Participants will also discuss the importance of prioritizing and apply lessons that can improve work life balance.

Safety and Health Overview – Michael McCullion
This program includes three sections: 1). Safe Material Handling, 2). Physical Safety Hazards, and 3). Occupational Health. The sections can be combined and the program can be customized for half to full day programs. Each section contains elements of the importance of safety cultures, risk management, and the “business side” of safety, as well as a review of the OSHA inspection process and applicable standards and regulations.

In Safe Material Handling, participants learn about material handling safety issues in the workplace. The course is based on SMOHIT training products and includes a discussion on ergonomics and safe lifting, and “Lean Safety” concepts.

Physical Safety Hazards presents information on the most common physical hazards in the workplace. Issues discussed include a review of the most frequent injuries in the sheet metal industry and related issues such as personal protective equipment, falls from heights, confined space entry.

Occupational Health focuses on health issues and the “hidden illnesses” in the workplace. Topics include hearing conservation, hazard communication programs and chemical exposures including welding fumes, lead and asbestos, as well as an overview applicable OSHA standards such as hexavalent chromium.