Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
On the Job
Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers directly coordinate the activities of workers who are employed in production plants. They oversee inspectors, precision workers, machine setters, fabricators, and plant and system operators.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions.
- Exchange information with colleagues.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
- Plan production or operational procedures or sequences.
- Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
- Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
- Determine metal or plastic production methods.
- Direct operational or production activities.
- Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
- Inspect production equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Working indoors in non-environmentally controlled conditions.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Working with a group or team.
- Walking and running.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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