Large vehicles and machinery can take on almost as many forms as can be imagined for useful work. While their forms and functions may seem entirely different from one example to another, even within specific fields, they also share important characteristics: they can potentially be dangerous, and require skilled operators. The responsibility of ensuring the safest and most efficient use of such equipment goes to the "first-line supervisor of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators."
The first-line supervisor is in direct control of those who operate these machines, so they are responsible for creating work plans, distributing assignments to workers as needed for production and operational goals, and ensuring that workers follow all safety protocols. The front-line supervisor also conducts inspections of equipment, vehicles, and materials, and works directly with subordinates as needed.
Those in this position must thoroughly understand the machinery they use, which requires skill and some form of experience with machinery, vehicles, and tools. Computer experience is always preferred, as well. The first-line supervisor is a leader who must be able to communicate well with their teams, coordinate their work activities, and solve problems as they arise. A high school diploma is often adequate education for the position, and successful applicants may train as apprentices (or in a similar capacity) for up to a year.
First-Line Supervisor / Manager of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators Tasks
Establish and maintain best practices and network for distribution and tracking of items.
Write and evaluate reports, schedules and goals for transportation and related maintenance.
Negotiate with vendors and contractors.
Select, train, hire and evaluate staff for the transportation department.
Maintain, purchase and upgrade transportation equipment, including reports of damage or obsolescence.