CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY
Being a petty officer carries many inherent
These include your personal
obligation to be a leader, an instructor, and an
administrator in all the areas of your rating-military,
technical, and safety.
As a petty officer, you need to develop an ability
to control the work performed by your workers, as
well as to lead them. As you gain experience as a
petty officer and increase your technical competence
as a Builder, you begin to accept a certain amount of
responsibility for the work of others. With each
advancement, you accept an increasing responsibility
in military matters and in matters relating to the
professional work of your rate. As you advance to
third class and then to second class petty officer, you
not only will have increased privileges but also
You begin to assume
greater supervisory and administrative positions.
The proper administration of any project, large or
small, is as important as the actual construction. This
chapter will provide you with information to help you
to use and prepare the administrative paperwork that
you encounter as a crew leader or as a crewmember.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Upon completing
this section, you should be able to identify
crew leader responsibilities in preparing tool
kit inventories, preparing supply requisitions,
and submitting labor time cards.
Administration is the means a person or an
organization uses to keep track of whats happening.
It provides a means of telling others whats been done
and planned, whos doing it, and whats needed.
Administration ranges from a simple notebook kept in
your pocket to filling out a variety of reports and
forms. As a growing leader in the Navy, you must
learn about and become effective in the use of both
the tools of your trade and administrative tools. Once
you become comfortable with these, you can be a
PLANNING WORK ASSIGNMENTS
For our purposes here, planning means the
process of determining requirements and developing
methods and schemes of action for performing a task.
Proper planning saves time and money and ensures a
project is completed in a professional manner. Here,
well look at some, but not all, of the factors you need
When you get a project, whether in writing or
orally, make sure you clearly understand what is to be
done. Study the plans and specifications carefully. If
you have any questions, find the answers from those
in a position to supply the information you need.
Also, make sure you understand the priority of the
project, expected time of completion, and any special
Consider the capabilities of your crew.
Determine who is to do what and how long it should
take. Also, consider the tools and equipment you will
need. Arrange to have them available at the jobsite at
the time the work is to get under way. Determine who
will use the tools and make sure they know how to use
them properly and safely.
To help ensure that the project is completed
properly and on time, determine the best method of
getting it done. If there is more than one way of doing
a particular assignment, you should analyze the
methods and select the one most suited to the job
conditions. Listen to suggestions from others. If you
can simplify a method and save time and effort, do it.
Establish goals for each workday and encourage
your crew to work as a team in meeting these goals.
Set goals that keep your crew busy, but make sure
they are realistic. Discuss the project with the crew so
they know what you expect from them. During an
emergency, most crewmembers will make an all-out
effort to meet a deadline. But when there is no
emergency, dont expect them to work continuously at
an excessively high rate. Again, set realistic goals.
Daily briefings of this type cannot be over-