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First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

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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. Excludes team or work leaders.

    Work Activities
    • Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.
    • Keep records of employees' attendance and hours worked.
    • Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.
    • Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs.
    • Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
    • Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.
    • Interpret specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.
    • Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, or fabricators.
    • Observe work and monitor gauges, dials, and other indicators to ensure that operators conform to production or processing standards.
    • Conduct employee training in equipment operations or work and safety procedures, or assign employee training to experienced workers.
    • Evaluate employee performance.
    • Confer with management or subordinates to resolve worker problems, complaints, or grievances.
    • Determine standards, budgets, production goals, and rates, based on company policies, equipment and labor availability, and workloads.
    • Calculate labor and equipment requirements and production specifications, using standard formulas.
    • Recommend or implement measures to motivate employees and to improve production methods, equipment performance, product quality, or efficiency.
    • Maintain operations data, such as time, production, and cost records, and prepare management reports of production results.
    • Requisition materials, supplies, equipment parts, or repair services.
    • Recommend or execute personnel actions, such as hirings, evaluations, or promotions.
    • Set up and adjust machines and equipment.
    • Plan and develop new products and production processes.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary 60870/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 29.27/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 30,650
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,900
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Touch screen monitors
    • Scanners
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Internet browser software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.