A general manager of a machine shop oversees the operations of a machine shop or factory, which may manufacture parts for various equipment. There may be production goals that need to be met on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The general manager should come up with plans to increase employee productivity. Sometimes, this involves upgrading or changing machinery.
It is important to always know what sorts of new technologies are being developed in the field, in order to stay competitive. However, the manager will usually have budget constraints, so it is necessary to be able to operate within these monetary means. Usually, this position requires having many years of experience in a machine shop. The manager should be familiar with the machinery that is being used in that particular shop, in order to be able to educate employees and to demonstrate how to use the equipment. Also, the manager will have to carry out duties that are common to managers in any industry, like administering payroll, carrying out employee evaluations, interviewing new candidates, and hiring and firing as needed. The work of employees will be overseen on a daily basis, in order to make sure that standards of quality are being upheld. When help is needed to meet productivity goals, the manager will be expected to contribute manual labor. Since there is heavy machinery involved, the environment may often be noisy.
At least a high school diploma is usually required for this position. Some employers seek candidates with an associate’s degree related to the specific machines in the shop or a bachelor’s degree in business management. However, sufficient experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. Specific certifications may be required.
General Manager, Machine Shop Tasks
Supervise and manage machinists, coordinating jobs to facilitate efficient completion of projects.
Review capital equipment, incorporating new technology and processes.
Uphold quality and efficiency standards, producing high quality goods at lowest possible cost.
Keep projects on schedule, and make sure materials and equipment are available when needed.