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First-Line Supervisors of Production & Operating Workers

Also called: Manufacturing Supervisor, Production Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Team Leader

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What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.
On the job, you would:
  • Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, and fabricators.
  • Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
  • management
  • human resources (HR)
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


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


  • 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
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Retain Resource Planning
  • SAP software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Microsoft Total Quality Control Management
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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