Plant supervisors are in charge of a particular plant or location for their company. They are responsible for monitoring employee work schedules, balancing employees' workloads and keeping track of hours and overtime pay. Plant supervisors also oversee a budget, as well as conduct hiring and training for new employees. Additionally, plant supervisors must resolve any grievances among employees and should therefore be adept at listening to complaints and solving problems with employees. These supervisors are also responsible for maintaining equipment in the facility, which includes handling repairs as needed and scheduling regular maintenance for the equipment and tools needed to run the plant.
These positions often require at least a bachelor’s degree in business or a similar field; for some companies, work experience or on-the-job training can substitute for a bachelor’s degree. Five years of related experience is often the minimum experience requirement. Plant supervisors generally work in the plant, factory, or facility that they supervise. Their work hours may vary depending on the plant's hours of operation, and this position often requires moving around the plant to conduct supervision-related tasks for much of their shift. Office work related to budget, schedules, and pay is needed as well.
Plant Supervisor Tasks
Direct and supervise manufacturing process from acquisition of supplies to final delivery.
Analyze and solve work and equipment problems.
Monitor and ensure a ready flow of inventory.
Understand, implement, and enforce state and federal policies and regulations, including ensuring a safe working environment.
Manage staff and equipment schedules, downtime, training, and maintenance.