First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-0.3% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers Do

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. Excludes team or work leaders.

Other Job Titles First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers May Have

Assembly Supervisor, Line Supervisor, Manufacturing Supervisor, Molding Supervisor, Plant Supervisor, Production Manager, Production Supervisor, Quality Assurance Supervisor (QA Supervisor)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Production Superintendent, AF Special Warfare ,

United States Air Force

Managing and leading a team of Special Operations Recruiters stationed all over the globe. I often travel to observe their work, provide training and attend fun special events.

Shift Lead ,


Usually consists of breaking people out when short-handed, documenting down time for every line, helping solve the circumstances at hand, and an EOS (End of shift) report due at the end of every shift.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.
  • Keep records of employees' attendance and hours worked.
  • Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.
  • 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.
  • Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.

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