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Mechanics and Repairers Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway, Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Determines schedules, sequences, and assignments for work activities, based on work priority, quantity of equipment, and skill of personnel.
  • Inspects and monitors work areas, examines tools and equipment, and provides employee safety training to prevent, detect, and correct unsafe conditions or violations of procedures and safety rules.
  • Investigates accidents or injuries and prepares reports of findings.
  • Monitors employees' work levels and reviews work performance.
  • Requisitions materials and supplies, such as tools, equipment, or replacement parts.
  • Inspects, tests, and measures completed work, using devices such as hand tools or gauges to verify conformance to standards or repair requirements.
  • Conducts or arranges for worker training in safety, repair, or maintenance techniques, operational procedures, or equipment use.
  • Develops, implements, or evaluates maintenance policies and procedures.
  • Computes estimates and actual costs of factors such as materials, labor, or outside contractors.
  • Examines objects, systems, or facilities and analyzes information to determine needed installations, services, or repairs.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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