Construction Team Roles – Ensuring Success

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( — April 26, 2019) — Construction projects typically involve a group of people with different skill sets working together to meet the client’s needs. The composition and structure of the team tends to change during the project’s duration. For instance, some team members might only have a brief involvement while others may be involved for longer. Here is a breakdown of construction team roles you’ll typically come across on a construction project.

Construction Team Roles

There are various roles involved in construction projects. Supervisors oversee the management and construction workers, while architects create the plans. Here are descriptions of how each role contributes to the completion of a construction project.

Construction Manager

The construction manager is responsible for overseeing the project from the beginning to the end. They may work individually, managing a project or work with other construction managers depending on the project’s complexity and scale. They are required to plan, budget and oversee progress. Due to the variety of job duties involved in construction management, many leverage cloud-based software for planning, communication and implementation.


Estimators are responsible for estimating the cost, labor, and materials needed for the entire project. Also called quantity surveyors they need to be well acquainted with what’s involved in the project and be able to quantify the project using specific metrics. Estimators and quantity surveyors also typically use software applications to help them perform their duties, but they must also communicate with the rest of the construction team and other companies to get details on the costs of different tasks.


The architect’s role is to envision the client’s needs and develop a creative solution. They develop the creative plans, communicate the plans to others in the construction team and oversee the execution of plans.


The job supervisor ensures there’s effective communication between the management office and field workers. They’re also responsible for any conflicts or problems that may arise between the field and the office.

Construction Expeditor

The construction expeditor manages the flow of materials from the suppliers to the project site. They are responsible for determining the equipment and materials needed for a project, place orders for those materials and ensure they’re delivered on time.

Construction Worker

Construction workers are the backbone of every project. They are the ones who execute plans, get their hands dirty and make it a reality. They follow specifications to demolish old structures and create new ones. They also lift large objects, operate heavy machinery and perform other typical construction tasks.


Engineers have very critical roles on a job site and may specialize in electrical, building, mechanical, heavy or highway. They use computer software technology to create plans for their projects and oversee the implementation of plans on job sites.


The electrician is responsible for making electrical connections in a building. This includes the installation of wiring and ensuring the functionality of electrical structures.

To Summarize

Knowing construction team roles is an integral part of understanding how building projects turn from the planning phase to completion. Each member of a construction team has a critical role to play in the entire project, and they need to work together to turn a client’s ideas into reality.