Other Executives

Other executive jobs of equal importance which often but not always call for a college graduate are the comptroller and the purchasing agent. Briefly, the comptroller is the chief financial executive and in many firms he may also be one of the owners-who sees to it that the costs of performing the work at hand do not exceed the amount of money the firm is to be paid for fulfilling its contract. The purchasing agent-in some of the smaller firms this role may be filled by the estimator-buys all the supplies, materials and equipment needed for each project at the most economical price available, thus allowing the firm to submit the most economical bid possible to a builder or owner, in order to win the contract.

In common with many other types of firms, mechanical contracting also has need of bookkeepers, stenographers, typists, file clerks and receptionists.