Quantity surveyors are an important part of any construction team, whether it is for building a complete structure, renovating a home, or just performing routine maintenance. Surveyors remain active from the days of early designing to the submission of the final project report. They help in minimizing costs in any way possible and give the company greater value for money while keeping the project in line with the quality level of the company and the state. They ensure that the project meets all legal requirements. As a result, it is common to see quantity surveyors do the following:
a. Test to see the feasibility of time, labor, and material costs
b. Negotiate, analyze, and prepare tenders and contracts
c. Coordinate work effort on and offsite
d. Provide advice to the legal team in case of contractual or legal issues
e. Value the completed project and arrange payments for all parties
With so many important roles being performed by a quantity surveyor, it only makes sense to find and hire the best ones. Here are some basic steps to help you with the process.
1. See the candidate’s useful experience
The useful experience of a quantity surveyor should ideally be at least 2-3 years in another construction firm in the same designation. However, experience can also include any work in the building industry, like laboring or other roles on construction sites. Accounting experience or working in jobs that involved significant calculations can also be considered.
2. Check the educational qualifications of the candidate
As for education, there are no set rules here either. A few colleges in the United States offer Bachelor in Science courses with Honors in Quantity Surveying. Depending on where you live, you may find a good university with candidates graduating with their Quantity Surveying B.Sc (Hons) degrees. Alternatively, you can also find candidates from other countries with similar educational qualifications. For example, the U.K. has Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors or RICS, which offers certifications relevant to a quantity surveyor position.
3. Assess the skills and knowledge of the candidate
Here are some skills that, if found in a candidate, could mean that s/he is a perfect fit:
a. A methodical and logical thought process
b. Good knowledge about how construction projects are conducted
c. Excellent problem-solving abilities
d. Good skills in financial management and mathematics
e. Excellent negotiating and communication skills
f. Can operate modern computers properly and cope up with new systems quickly
g. Can absorb complex information quickly and assess requirements at all times
h. Should know and understand the various building regulations and laws applicable
The framework for a career as a quantity surveyor is still rather abstract in the United States, so it is likely to that you will find candidates who lack experience and educational qualifications for the job but are better suited for the role because of their skills.
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