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

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators and helpers.

Median Annual Wage: $54,930

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (70%); Some college, no degree (13%); Post-secondary certificate (12%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Supervisor; Trainmaster; Fleet Manager; Operations Supervisor; Dock Supervisor; Driver Manager; On Car Supervisor; Street Supervisor; Transportation Supervisor; Warehouse Supervisor

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  • Plan work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.
  • Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.
  • Review orders, production schedules, blueprints, or shipping or receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, or destinations.
  • 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.
  • Monitor field work to ensure proper performance and use of materials.
  • Dispatch personnel and vehicles in response to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.
  • Drive vehicles or operate machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.
  • Plan and establish transportation routes.
  • Maintain or verify records of time, materials, expenditures, or crew activities.
  • Interpret transportation or tariff regulations, shipping orders, safety regulations, or company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Prepare, compile, and submit reports on work activities, operations, production, or work-related accidents.
  • Resolve worker problems or collaborate with employees to assist in problem resolution.
  • Recommend or implement personnel actions, such as employee selection, evaluation, rewards, or disciplinary actions.
  • Perform or schedule repairs or preventive maintenance of vehicles or other equipment.
  • Explain and demonstrate work tasks to new workers or assign training tasks to experienced workers.
  • Requisition needed personnel, supplies, equipment, parts, or repair services.
  • Recommend and implement measures to improve worker motivation, equipment performance, work methods, or customer services.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators.

  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators.

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