400-2.5 Foreman - Duties and Responsibilities

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Posted on January 18th, 2012 by cal.


Job description:

  • This position is year round full time.
  • The Foreman is directly responsible to the Council through the Reeve
  • To be a working foreman.
  • To be responsible for the grader operators and utility personnel.
  • Foreman is required to do all tasks as necessary


  • Must possess a valid drivers licence
  • Have good organizational, communication and record keeping skills.
  • Have good leadership skills
  • Have a neat and clean appearance.


  • Ensure that all roads are maintained and repaired on a priority basis as required by road conditions.
  • Ensure all roads are bladed in a professional and a safe manner.
  • Service his own machine, make and assist in repairs
  • Make sure equipment is in a safe operating condition - walk around check and operational check shall be done.
  • Foreman has the latitude to expend for routine maintenance and repair items as defined in reference sheet.
  • Make sure the engines are properly warmed up before operating.
  • Keep track of shop inventory.
  • Ensure that all inventory is accounted for.
  • Maintain a neat and safe work shop environment
  • Co-ordinate all projects and work with the exception of major construction project.
  • Organize and assign employee schedules and tasks Ensure that tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • The Foreman may, in consultation with the Reeve and Councillor, authorize the operator to do some custom work. The Foreman must ensure that Ratepayers sign a waiver before, the operator undertakes the custom work. Any and all work off road allowance is chargeable, except for one top blading per year on lanes from road to occupied farm steads. Maintain resident ratepayer roads only upon request by the ratepayer as set out in policy 400-14.
  • Contact the Reeve at least once a week
  • Make arrangements for major repairs to all equipment after conferring with Reeve.
  • Meet with Council on regular meeting days or upon request.
  • Be willing to accept suggestions from council.
  • The Foreman is expected to address all ratepayers with respect, when complaints are filed, report them to the respective Councillor or the Reeve .
  • The Foreman is responsible for the grader operators and utility personnel.
  • Familiarize self with the other transportation employees’ job descriptions.
  • Provide Council with employee evaluations as requested.
  • Maintain good communication with employees.
  • Address fellow employees in a reasonable manner and with respect.
  • Keep detailed time sheets, log books and maps as requested
  • Prepare & maintain maps showing gravel, shoulder and road surface repair needs, etc.
  • Provide the administrator with annual gravel requirement map. Identify any budgetary items to the administrator prior to February 28th each year.
  • Provide the administrator with the annual maintenance maps at the end of each year.
  • Report all accidents, theft, mishaps or incidents with the traveling public or ratepayers to the administrator for liability, property and employee insurance administration.
  • Complete tasks as directed by Reeve or Deputy Reeve within the stipulated time frame. If the time line cannot be met, the foreman must inform the reeve immediately of the reasons why the task cannot be completed as stipulated.(res.221-09)
  • Work hours as per schedule
  • The Foreman may be required to work longer hour days during certain seasons.
  • Employees are not required to work on Sundays except in extenuating circumstances.
  • The Foreman must apply to Council/Reeve for approval of holiday period.
  • Cellular phone to be left on at all times during working hours.
  • Ensure that no alcohol is consumed during hours of work or after hours on the shop premises.
  • The foreman has authority to reprimand or suspend employees for disciplinary action if situations requires.
  • Be willing to acquire and upgrade skills as requested by council
  • Become fully familiar with all the equipment