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First-Line Supervisors of Transportation & Material-Moving Machine & Vehicle Operators

Also called: Driver Manager, Operations Supervisor, Transportation Supervisor, Warehouse Supervisor

What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.
On the job, you would:
  • Enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Plan work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.
  • Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • @Road GeoManager
  • eLading Bill of Lading Software
Mobile location based services software
  • Accellos Real Dispatch
  • Commercial vehicle operations CVO software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • SAP software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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