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Piping Superintendent

JOB DESCRIPTION: Travelling Commercial and Industrial Construction Piping Superintendent/Foreman.  This position will report to the General Superintendent or Mechanical Manager.


TYPES OF PROJECTS: Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare, Multi-family, Federal, Institutional, and Data Center

Location City
Various Locations
  • Responsible for field supervision of the piping craft trade-persons and related subcontractors for the installation, repair or renovation of piping and refrigerant equipment and systems including structural supports.
  • Oversee the daily construction activities at the work site(s), including scheduling of workers, delivery of equipment and materials and progress of the project.
  • Familiar with a variety of field concepts, practices and procedures in the specified discipline as well as other related construction disciplines.
  • Direct and supervise the planning, layout, installation, testing, startup and/or renovation of all types of piping and refrigerant systems and related equipment in accordance with all applicable plans, specifications, codes, and industry standards.
  • Direct and supervise the field measurement and layout of piping systems, the assembly and installation of shop-fabricated piping according to piece marks, the proper installation of supports and hangers for piping and equipment and the testing of piping systems for leaks to ensure compliance with all requirements as specified by the engineer and manufacturer of systems and equipment.
  • Plan and coordinate the efforts of the skilled craft trade-persons and helpers, and motivate them to accomplish the work safely, correctly, efficiently and at or above a minimum company quality standard.
  • Supervise and coordinate other related crafts as requested by project management.
  • Provide adequate construction methods that will ensure that all systems are installed, repaired and renovated in a manner that meets all standard building codes and safety requirements.
  • Must pass the pre-employment drug screen
  • High School Diploma, GED or High School Equivalence Certificate Preferred.
  • Applicable trade school training helpful.
  • Must be a highly qualified tradesman with at least 5 to 10 years’ experience as a pipe fitter or welder and/or foreman/supervisor.
  • Must have worked within the piping construction industry and have experience supervising 2-20 crewmembers.
  • Ability to understand information, ideas and directions and then be able to direct and/or execute the tasks or project discussed.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule format.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence clearly.
  • Willingness to ask questions to insure a comprehensive understanding of the information being presented.
  • Ability to articulate ideas and methods both with the company’s management team and with the skilled craft-persons in your crews.
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees of the organization. Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Experience conducting toolbox meetings to communicate safety concerns, work scope, plans, and schedules to your crews.
  • Comprehensive understanding of various types of piping, such as black steel, copper, galvanized steel, PVC, CPVC, HDPE stainless steel and ACR as related to project specifications and industry standards.
  • Proficient in the use of bevel, thread and other end prep machines as well as the MIG, TIG, stick, thread, braze, solder, press, glue and fuse equipment required to join the pipe and fitting.
  • Basic understanding of structural shapes and methods used to assemble them into hangers and structural supports for piping and equipment.
  • Must be able to read and understand plans and specifications, including isometric and orthographic drawings, and have the ability to visualize two-dimensional drawings in three dimensions.
  • Willing to supervise the work of other company mechanical trades when needed.
  • Competent and knowledgeable in basic computer skills.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Office Programs
  • Use of basic reasoning, thinking “on your feet”, and ability to resolve issues quickly with little or no direction from a superior.
  • Ability to make good judgments and render good decisions
  • Utilize all pipe fitting techniques and methods for joining different types of piping and refrigerant systems including welding, threading, mechanical couplings, soldering, brazing, press fitting, gluing and fusion joining.
  • Comprehend documents such as safety policies, operating and maintenance instructions, installation instructions and company procedure manuals.
  • Communicate field measurements with fabrication shop in a clear and concise manner.
  • Interpret project drawings to understand the piping installation in three dimensions.
  • Coordinate piping installation with other trades to avoid collisions and rework.
  • Operate in a team spirited environment and coordinate with other trades.
  • Plan and communicate in a timely manner with the project, warehouse, purchasing, and shop managers to assure that an adequate supply of labor, tools, materials, and equipment are available.
  • Ensure that piping installers in your crews are qualified to perform their work.
  • Assist and lead in interviewing, hiring, and assembling work crews.
  • Be able to perform all of the essential functions of the skilled craft workers under your supervision.
  • Provide on-the-job training as needed to those individuals under your supervision.
  • Observe installed piping or piping equipment or refrigerant systems to determine hazards and the possible need for adjustments, relocation or replacement.
  • Review crew’s timecards for correct hours and phase coding.
  • Monitor and report quantities of work accomplished on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Develop 1-week schedules and maintain 2 or 3-week look-ahead plans. Coordinate schedules with project teams.
  • BL. Harbert International is an EOE/Vets/Disabilities
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