Usually are paid (compensated) on an hourly or on a piece-work basis.
Take great pride in their skills and abilities.
Take pride in knowing how to utilize the tools and equipment associated with construction work, and with the performance of their craft.
Think in terms of fulfilling assignments and performing tasks.
Are grounded in the philosophy that their responsibility is to provide an hour of skilled labor for an hourly rate of pay.
Operate on the basis of “I get paid for what I do; if I am not going to be paid for it, I will not do it.”
Interact on a day-to-day basis primarily with the members of the craft team—the supervisor and the other craft workers.
Tend not to think a great deal in terms of “big picture” concepts. They are not greatly concerned about project planning, schedules, resource management, cost reports, documentation, invoices, change orders, RFIs, etc.
Operate from a perspective that it is management’s responsibility to assign the tasks to be done, and to have available for the use of the craft workers the proper materials, tools, equipment, support elements (water, sanitary facilities, etc.), and safety gear as necessary for the proper performance of the assigned work.
Usually are compensated on a salary basis, or often on a “guaranteed hours per week” basis.
While retaining their affinity for their craft, and their understanding of craft work, increasingly apply the skills of management.
Think in terms of fulfilling project objectives, and learn that their success is measured in terms of achieving project objectives through their management of the work of the craft workers.
Think in terms of planning for the fulfillment of project objectives, through assigning work tasks to the craft workers, and to managing the successful completion of those work activities.
Think in terms of doing what is necessary for the success of the work, and for the success of the project. They are willing to perform a great deal of work, and to give a great deal of thought, outside the 8 AM to 5 PM, 5 days per week project work time, often working in the evenings and on weekends.
Take part in hiring and dismissal decisions regarding craft workers, and in evaluations of craft worker performance.
Deal with discipline issues regarding enforcement of company policies, project policies, regulations, and legislation.
Increasingly, the tools with which they perform their work are the project contract documents, and estimates, schedules, cost reports, change orders, RFIs, purchase orders, elements of documentation, written communication, verbal communications, etc.
Develop a much broader vision regarding the craft work, and how it fits in as a component of overall project success.
Frequently interact with other members of the project team, both those within their company and those of the general contractor, and subcontractors, the superintendent, the project manager, and sometimes with members of the office staff.
Often interact with the owner, and architect and engineers for the project.
Frequently interact with other consistencies beyond the members of the project team— building inspectors, safety inspectors, etc.