A machine shop manager is a skilled tradesperson who oversees manufacturing processes for companies such as steel mills, metal processors, and automotive, aerospace, and shipbuilding businesses. They need to read and understand mechanical drawings and blueprints, as well as meet with other department heads to ensure that a company's productivity goals are met. Additionally, machine shop managers are expected to understand and implement company policies, including quality control and safety plans. They motivate, teach, and schedule subordinates to meet company processing and manufacturing goals. As such, they should posses strong interpersonal and leadership skills. They are generally expected to write and submit evaluations of subordinates, as well as issue rewards and discipline. If an injury takes place, a machine job manager must write a report and file it through the proper channels.
This job is often physically demanding, and lifting heavy materials is needed. Machine shop managers must be able to wear steel-toed boots, protective eyewear, and other safety gear as required. Machine shop managers work varying shifts, potentially including nights and weekends. A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required for this position, as is previous hands-on machining experience. During the application process, machine shop managers often must undergo a physical exam and drug testing.
Machine Shop Manager Tasks
Upgrade and maintain machinery, order parts, and ensure repair records are kept up to date.
Train employees in the proper use of equipment, enforce safety regulations, assign tasks, and oversee employees’ work.
Supervise and coordinate activity in a machine shop, and make sure operations are carried out efficiently and safely.
Interpret blueprints and develop plans for how to complete a project.