First-Line Supervisors of Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

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The teams of workers that move masses of earth, sand, equipment, and goods benefit from effective coordination from their supervisors. Material moving supervisors directly oversee the activities of workers who pack moving boxes and move freight and stock by hand, as well as workers who operate trucks and tractors, cranes, forklifts, and other vehicles. These supervisors take work orders and instructions from customers and managers, then break projects down into tasks and assign them to teams of workers to complete. Supervisors handle the hiring and training of employees, and are responsible for keeping their employees safe and productive. Work sites can be hazardous so monitoring the correct use of safety procedures and equipment is crucial. Supervising workers for projects also requires record-keeping, the ability to track both the small details and the big picture, as well as interpersonal skills. Most of these supervisors work 40 hours a week or more. A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, along with previous experience.

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
Physical demands
Daily tasks

Explain and demonstrate work tasks to new workers or assign training tasks to experienced workers.

Interpret transportation or tariff regulations, shipping orders, safety regulations, or company policies and procedures for workers.

Recommend or implement personnel actions, such as employee selection, evaluation, rewards, or disciplinary actions.

Prepare, compile, and submit reports on work activities, operations, production, or work-related accidents.

Recommend and implement measures to improve worker motivation, equipment performance, work methods, or customer services.

Requisition needed personnel, supplies, equipment, parts, or repair services.

Perform or schedule repairs or preventive maintenance of vehicles or other equipment.

Inspect or test materials, stock, vehicles, equipment, or facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and consistent with specifications.

Confer with customers, supervisors, contractors, or other personnel to exchange information or to resolve problems.

Maintain or verify records of time, materials, expenditures, or crew activities.

Enforce safety rules and regulations.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.