General contracting is a loose term that refers to contractors who excavate and remove Earth from building and roading sites. The contractor generally has large machinery, and a number of Highly skilled machine operators. Common large machinery is obviously the large trucks that cart the earth, and large excavators, bulldozers and other equipment or excavating the soil and loading the trucks.
For the contractor the skill level of their staff is mission critical, because not only are they operating extremely expensive equipment, the equipment is also expensive to run and so efficiency is all important. Even more important is that the work they are doing is generally part of a very expensive project, and the last thing a contractor wants to do is make a big mistake.
The contractor needs to know their business very well, because a standard part of their working week will be submitting tenders for new contracts for excavating building sites and new roads for example. They need to be able to make accurate assessment of the amount of work involved, the machinery they need and how long they will need it for, and any other costs including for example the disposal of anything that’s removed. The most successful contractors are the ones that can most accurately estimate the costs for a new job, as these general contractors Wellington will always make a profit.
Operating heavy machinery such as excavators and bulldozers can appear to be very glamorous but hard work for the casual observer, and when the operators are interviewed about this they are always enthusiastic about their work and their skills and the team that they are working with. A skilled team of heavy machinery operators can operate vastly more efficiently and safely then a team of amateurs, and they can achieve an almost incomprehensible volume of work in a very short time frame. Often the casual observer does not get to see this work being complete, and all they really get to see is that suddenly a cleared site is now occupied buy a building being constructed.
Another common experience for the casual Observer is to suddenly realise that a new road has been built that was previously completely hidden from view, and when they drive on the new Road they will be struck by the sheer amount of work that has been completed behind the scenes. They will have a general understanding that contractors have been involved, but they will not understand the details of the work and the sheer scale of the operation.