First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers


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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Recommend or execute personnel actions, such as hirings, evaluations, and promotions.
  • Calculate labor and equipment requirements and production specifications, using standard formulas.
  • Plan and develop new products and production processes.


Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.


Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Writing computer programs for various purposes.


Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.


Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Abattoir Supervisor
Abrasive and Polished Products Supervisor
Acid Supervisor
Aerosol Supervisor
Aging Department Supervisor
Agricultural Chemicals Shift Superintendent
Alteration Workroom Supervisor
Alum Plant Supervisor
Alumina Plant Supervisor
Aluminum Boat Assembly Supervisor
Aluminum Fabrication Supervisor
Ammunition Supervisor
Anhydrous Ammonia Production Supervisor
Anode Crew Supervisor
Art Objects Supervisor
Artificial Flowers Supervisor
Asbestos Pipe Supervisor
Asbestos Textile Supervisor
Asbestos-Cement Sheet Supervisor
Assembly and Packing Supervisor
Assembly Department Supervisor
Assembly Line Supervisor
Assembly Room Supervisor
Assembly Supervisor
Automatic Machines Supervisor
Automobile Assembly Supervisor
Automotive Tire-Testing Supervisor
Bakery Supervisor
Beam Department Supervisor
Beater Boss
Beater Room Supervisor
Beehive Kiln Supervisor
Beet End Supervisor
Belt and Link Assembly Supervisor
Bindery Supervisor
Bit and Shank Department Supervisor
Blast Furnace Auxiliaries Supervisor
Blast Furnace Supervisor
Bleach Supervisor
Blending Supervisor
Blooming Mill Supervisor
Blueprinting and Photocopy Supervisor
Board Mill Supervisor
Boat Cleaning Supervisor
Boat Outfitting Supervisor
Boatbuilder Supervisor
Boiler Operators Supervisor
Boiler Tenders Supervisor
Boilermaking Supervisor
Bonding Supervisor
Bone Plant Supervisor
Boots and Shoes Supervisor
Bottle House Cleaners Supervisor
Boxing and Pressing Supervisor
Breaker Boss
Brew House Supervisor
Briar Shop Supervisor
Brine Supervisor
Brineyard Supervisor
Broommaking Supervisor
Brush Fabrication Supervisor
Burling and Joining Supervisor
Burning Supervisor
Burning, Forming, and Assembly Supervisor
Butcher Supervisor
Byproducts Supervisor
C D Area Supervisor
Calender Supervisor
Calendering Supervisor
Candle Making Supervisor
Candy Supervisor
Canvas Goods Supervisor
Cap and Hat Production Supervisor
Car Installations Supervisor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$25.98 hourly, $54,040 annual.
Employment (2008):
568,820 employees