Engineering design supervisors are responsible for supervising engineering designs and ensuring that they meet all project requirements. They are generally in charge of reviewing production specifications, modifying equipment settings, and facilitating design concepts.
Those in this position should be well-organized and pay close attention to detail when supervising designs to avoid errors before shipping and distributing final products. They must work well with other managers to share progress and complete projects within specific time-frames. However, these supervisors should also work well on their own, motivate engineering design personnel on a regular basis, and resolve all issues as they arise. Strong communication and multitasking skills are also important in order to work on multiple projects at once.
Engineering design supervisors must follow strict safety protocols, respect ISO standards, and maintain training materials to prevent on-the-job accidents. They also write detailed reports based on their observations and report their progress to upper-level managers within their companies. They regularly participate in design/engineering meetings to suggest ways to improve production and performance while using fewer company resources. They also provide design support to internal and external customers by facilitating specialized aspects and expertise in different engineering concepts, as well as design and implement engineering methodologies to maintain consistency.
A bachelor's degree in an engineering-related field is generally required for this position, and prior supervisory experience is often required, as well. Industry and leadership certifications are beneficial.
Engineering Design Supervisor Tasks
Oversee and monitor engineers and draftpersons during engineering, design, and drafting phases.
Enforce and ensure compliance with industry codes, project requirements, and safety regulations.
Develop the team, foster and exemplify a collaborativee atmosphere, and evaluate performance.
Compile and report on process safety information for each project drawing.
Coordinate the schedule and production of drawings, and incorporate them into existing drafting systems.