Mobilizing the Job – Setting the Stage for Production
Written by Tim Simpson, Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager, Maintenance Coatings Inspector
As a contractor, whether you are the Owner, Estimator, Project Manager, or Job Foreman, you must hit the ground running. However, it may be challenging to begin production with momentum.
Start out with a reusable form style mobilization list. Every contractor should have one for each type of roof system they intend on installing; materials and handling, equipment, power tools, hand tools, roof safety equipment, roof access equipment, rigging, PPE – and the list goes on.
If you have the recommended checklist form with everything that will be utilized on the job already in-hand, it is simple to list quantities on your form and fully mobilize the job. This also identifies lead time ordering requirements, equipment that needs to be pulled off the shelf, and fired up to see if repairs are needed, and what equipment is now earmarked for this specific job and thus no longer available for others. This point in time is also a deadline for moving forward with plans for new equipment purchases, ordering wear parts for sprayers, etc.
Not having a spare pump or frequently used repair parts is a mistake when pre-planning and will result in lost time and money on the job. The downhill effect will delay jobs on other project schedules and will have you juggling assets in no time. Shifting crews from one job to another due to unnecessary shutdowns means that there will be complications on the mobilization. The monetary and scheduling loss is real and avoidable in many cases.