Occupation Summary

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

O*NET 51-1011.00


Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 16.50%.
Education Level:
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Business and Industry

  1. Enforce safety and sanitation regulations.
  2. Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the production or processing of goods, such as inspectors, machine setters, or fabricators.
  3. Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules, and other records and reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs.
  4. Confer with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within or between departments.
  5. Plan and establish work schedules, assignments, and production sequences to meet production goals.
  6. Inspect materials, products, or equipment to detect defects or malfunctions.
  7. Observe work and monitor gauges, dials, and other indicators to ensure that operators conform to production or processing standards.
  8. Confer with management or subordinates to resolve worker problems, complaints, or grievances.
  9. Interpret specifications, blueprints, job orders, and company policies and procedures for workers.
  10. Maintain operations data, such as time, production, and cost records, and prepare management reports of production results.
  11. Recommend or implement measures to motivate employees and to improve production methods, equipment performance, product quality, or efficiency.
  12. Determine standards, budgets, production goals, and rates, based on company policies, equipment and labor availability, and workloads.
  13. Requisition materials, supplies, equipment parts, or repair services.
  14. Set up and adjust machines and equipment.
  15. Calculate labor and equipment requirements and production specifications, using standard formulas.
  16. Plan and develop new products and production processes.
  17. Conduct employee training in equipment operations or work and safety procedures, or assign employee training to experienced workers.
  18. Keep records of employees' attendance and hours worked.
  19. Recommend or execute personnel actions, such as hirings, evaluations, or promotions.
  20. Evaluate employee performance.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers employed Annual Growth Rate
Plastics product manufacturing 4.5 0.00
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 3.4 1.08
Animal slaughtering and processing 2.9 0.39
Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing 2.4 0.77

Labor Market Information

2022 Statewide average hourly wage $33.36
2022 National average hourly wage $33.22
2020 National employment 616,800
2020 Texas employment 48,632
Texas projected employment by 2030 56,657
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 5,926

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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.
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.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 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.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
    -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials
    -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Other Activities

  • Independence
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Support
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.


Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Hard hats: Hard hats;

Hazardous material protective apparel: Personal protective clothing;

Laser printers: Laser printers;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Respirators: Respirators;

Safety glasses: Safety glasses;

Safety shoes: Safety shoes;

Scanners: Laser scanners;

Touch screen monitors: Operator terminals;


Analytical or scientific software: Minitab;

Cloud-based data access and sharing software: Microsoft SharePoint;

Computer aided design CAD software: Autodesk AutoCAD; Computer aided design CAD software;

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software: Computer aided manufacturing CAM software;

Data base user interface and query software: Database software; Microsoft Total Quality Control Management; Microsoft Access; Operational databases;

Electronic mail software: IBM Notes; Microsoft Exchange; Microsoft Outlook; Email software;

Enterprise application integration software: Extensible markup language XML;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: Giraffe Production Systems Giraffe Schedule System; Encompix ERP; Epicor Vantage ERP; Epicor Vista ERP; Exact MAX; Bowen & Groves M1 ERP; Capterra Enterprise Resource Planning; Intacct ERP; Microsoft Axapta; Aptean Made2Manage; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; NetSuite NetERP; Resource planning software; Retain Resource Planning; SAP Business One; SAP software; SYSPRO business software; Technology Group International Enterprise 21 ERP;

Financial analysis software: Delphi Technology;

Human resources software: GHG Clockwise;

Industrial control software: Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software;

Internet browser software: Google Chrome; Apple Safari; Microsoft Internet Explorer; Mozilla Firefox;

Inventory management software: Inventory management software;

Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software: Integrated materials management systems; Materials management software; QA Software QMS Materials Management;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Operating system software: Operating system software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Project management software: Microsoft Project; HCSS HeavyJob; Total quality management TQM software;

Spreadsheet software: Spreadsheet software; Microsoft Excel;

Time accounting software: Kronos Workforce Timekeeper; Timekeeping software; Work Technology WorkTech Time;

Word processing software: Word processing software; Microsoft Word; Apple iWork Pages;

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