Assembly supervisors work in manufacturing facilities to ensure that assembly workers meet their goals and work in a productive manner, and that all quality control measures are followed. When quality problems are identified, these supervisors may be tasked with finding a resolution, and they may also administer feedback and employee evaluations.
Assembly supervisors may have some administrative duties, such as hiring and firing, providing training, scheduling, and managing payroll. When new products or processes are introduced, assembly supervisors must ensure that they are implemented properly, and they should be familiar with all stations on the assembly line to occasionally stand in for other staff members. They must be familiar with both automated and non-automated machines, and they may develop standardized processes to increase efficiency in assembly processes. They must also create thorough yet understandable work instructions and ensure that all company rules and policies are followed at all times to minimize risk of injury and maintain quality.
Communication skills are important in this position to work well with assembly workers and clients, and some employers require a college degree while others require prior experience on an assembly line.
Assembly Supervisor Tasks
Supervise, schedule, and coordinate staff in assembling final products.
Coordinate flow of materials, inventory, and maintenance of equipment.
Audit and monitor quality of work to create uniform products.