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First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers Print

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.

Work Activities
  • 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, or fabricators.
  • Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.
  • Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
  • Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.
  • 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.
  • Interpret specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Keep records of employees' attendance and hours worked.
  • 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.
  • Requisition materials, supplies, equipment parts, or repair services.
  • Maintain operations data, such as time, production, and cost records, and prepare management reports of production results.
  • Determine standards, budgets, production goals, and rates, based on company policies, equipment and labor availability, and workloads.
  • Confer with management or subordinates to resolve worker problems, complaints, or grievances.
  • Calculate labor and equipment requirements and production specifications, using standard formulas.
  • Set up and adjust machines and equipment.
  • Recommend or implement measures to motivate employees and to improve production methods, equipment performance, product quality, or efficiency.
  • Plan and develop new products and production processes.
  • Recommend or execute personnel actions, such as hirings, evaluations, or promotions.
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.

  • Speaking

    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

  • Coordination

    Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Deductive Reasoning

    The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

  • 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.

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.

  • Mechanical

    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 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.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $57,250/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.52/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 28,320
  • Yearly Projected Openings 450
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:
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others
Tools
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Scanners
  • Personal computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Desktop computers
Technology
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Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.