What does a tradesman do?
A tradesman is a skilled worker who specialises mainly with heavy and manual jobs. Their main responsibility is to properly execute and build effective solutions that comply with all company/government regulations, requirements and policies. To understand more about the responsibilities of a tradesman, here are the other job responsibilities of a tradesman:
1. Read, Review and Interprets design plans and specification
The first responsibility of a tradesman’s job is to fully understand the design plan and project specification. This is their way to properly execute each job. Take an electrician for example, they must have a good understanding of the design plan and wiring diagrams for them to easily map out the layout for each electrical wiring and systems. The design plan and specification commonly consist of blueprints, diagrams, materials and tools specifications, and customer specification documents.
2. Putting the design plan into action
The second responsibility of a tradesman is constructing the actual solution. This is a crucial part of each project because this is usually the stage where unforeseen problems or mistakes occur such as wrong material size, missing an important structure on the design plan, and more. If the problem is an oversight made by the tradesman, they should immediately fix the problem with no additional cost. The construction stage includes installation, removal, replacement, and repair jobs.
3. Project Compliance
The third responsibility, and usually a tie up with the second one, is project compliance. A tradesman always guarantees to work under strict compliance of all the policies and standards required for the job. Few of the policies and standards include:
- Procedures and policies provided by the official master builders association on your location, and/or government regulations (e.g. local and national electric code);
- Manufacturer’s installation manuals for each job;
- Safety policies and standards;
- Client’s preference and agreed upon.
4. Inspect, test and inspect some more
The fourth responsibility of a tradesman is the inspection and testing. These two processes are always a team to helps the tradesman to detect problems on the newly installed system, if applicable. The tradesman will first check for any visible problems or errors. If there aren’t any, they will start a series of tests to ensure durability and efficiency of the system. During the testing mode, the tradesman carry out inspections to see double check if the system overheats, causing too much noise, with leaks or producing a burnt smell.
The fifth responsibility of a tradesman is continuous improvements. Meeting the customers’ expectations is always the top priority of a professional tradesman. There are even times that they go an extra mile just to surpass their customers’ expectations. They deliver this by finding new and much effective solutions for their customers’ to maximise the usage of the system they are installing or constructing.
Now that everything is clear on what does a tradesman does, the next concern is how to know if the tradesman they hire is trustworthy? The only way to answer this is by looking at the tradesman’s quality of work and show the following characteristics:
- Excellent professionalism at work
- Deliver all their responsibilities on time and execute it with the highest quality
- Always deliver exactly what they promise they will.
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