DIRECTING WORK TEAMS
After a job has been properly planned, it is
necessary to carefully direct the job. This ensures it is
completed on time and with the quality that satisfies
both the customer and the crew.
Before starting a project, make sure the crew
knows what is expected. Give instructions and urge
the crew to ask questions on all points that are not
clear. Be honest in your answers. If you dont have
an answer, say so; then find the answer and get back
to the crew. Dont delay in getting solutions to the
Timely answers keep projects
They also show the crew your
concern for the project is as genuine as theirs.
While a job is under way, spot check to ensure
that the work is progressing satisfactorily. Determine
whether the proper methods, materials, tools, and
equipment are being used. When determining the
initial requirements, do so early enough so there are
If crewmembers are incorrectly
performing a task, stop them and point out the correct
procedures. When you check crewmembers work,
make them feel the purpose of checking is to teach,
guide, or directnot to criticize or find fault.
Make sure the crew complies with applicable
safety precautions and wear safety apparel when
required. Watch for hazardous conditions, improper
use of tools and equipment, and unsafe work
practices. These can cause mishaps and possibly
result in injury to personnel. There are no excuses
for unsafe practices. Proper safety instructions and
training eliminate the desire to work carelessly.
When directing construction crews, practice what you
When time permits, rotate crewmembers on
various jobs. Rotation gives you the opportunity to
teach. It also gives each crewmember an opportunity
to increase personal skill levels.
As a crew leader, you need to ensure that your
crew work together in getting the job done. Develop
an environment where each crewmember feels free to
seek your advice when in doubt about any phase of
the work. Emotional balance is especially important.
Dont panic in view of your crew or be unsure of
yourself when faced with a conflict.
Be tactful and courteous in dealing with your
crew. It sounds obvious, but dont show any
partiality. Keep every crewmember informed on both
work and personal matters that affect his or her
performance. Also, try to maintain a high level of
morale. Low morale has a definite effect on the
quantity and quality of a crews work.
As you advance in rate, you spend more and more
time supervising others. You have to learn as much as
you can about supervision. Study books on both
supervision and leadership, Also, watch how other
supervisors-both good and bad-operate. Dont be
afraid to ask questions.
TOOL KIT INVENTORY
Tool kits contain all the craft hand tools required
by one, four-member construction crew or fire team
of a given rating to pursue their trade. The kits may
contain additional items required by a particular
assignment. However, they should not be reduced in
type of item and should be maintained at 100 percent
of kit assembly allowance at all times.
As a crew leader, you can order and are
responsible for all the tools required by the crew. This
incurs the following responsibilities:
Maintaining complete tools kits at all times;
Assigning tools within the crew;
Ensuring proper use and care of assigned tools
by the crew;
Preserving tools not in use;
Securing assigned tools; and
Ensuring that all electrical tools and cords are
inspected on a regular basis.
To make sure tools are maintained properly, the
operations officer and the supply officer establish a
formal tool kit inventory and inspection program. As
a crew leader, you perform a tool kit inventory at least
every 2 weeks. Tools requiring routine maintenance
are turned in to the central tool room (CTR) for repair
Damaged or worn tools should be
returned to the CTR for replacement. You must
submit requisitions for replacement items.
Tool management is further specified in
instructions issued by Commander, Construction
Battalion, Pacific (COMCBPAC) and Commander,
Construction Battalion, Atlantic (COMCBLANT).