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Production Supervisor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Directly supervises and coordinates the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway, Production/Process Technology pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Enforces safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Directs and coordinates the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, and fabricators.
  • Confers with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.
  • Plans and establishes work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
  • Inspects materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.
  • Observes work and monitors gauges, dials, and other indicators to ensure that operators conform to production or processing standards.
  • Conducts employee training in equipment operations or work and safety procedures, or assigns employee training to experienced workers.
  • Interprets specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Keeps records of employees' attendance and hours worked.
  • Requisitions materials, supplies, equipment parts, or repair services.

Insider Info

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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)
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns 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 involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • 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

  • Irregular hours
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

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