27- Manufacturing supervisors

Job Title: 

Manufacturing supervisors

Job Description: 

Direct and coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications and schedules.


Manufacturing supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of production processes as well as process control technicians, machine operators, assemblers, and other related manufacturing staff.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • coordinating and supervising the activities of process control technicians, machine operators, assemblers, and other manufacturing labourers
  • organizing and planning the daily work with regard to plans, economy, staff and environment
  • preparing cost estimates, records and reports
  • identifying shortage of staff or components
  • ensuring safety of workers
  • instructing and training new staff

Supervision - organizing and coordinating human resources and personnel performance as well as overseeing responsibility for sites and projects

  • Coordination and Organization of Material Resources - Arranging for, and seeing to the appropriate supply and use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • 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
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective production of goods
  • Mechanical/electrical/electronic/industrial systems and equipment - Knowledge of mechanical/ electrical/electronic/industrial equipment and materials, equipmentmaintenance and troubleshooting processes, quality control, costs, and other techniquesfor maximizing the effective installation, repair and maintenance of mechanical/electrical/electronic/industrial systems, installations and equipment
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in productionof precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Mechanical/electrical/electronic/industrial Engineering Fundamentals - Knowledgeof mechanical/electrical/electronic/industrial engineering principles and concepts,theories, techniques and processes related to designing, testing, troubleshooting, using,repairing, and maintaining industrial systems, installations and equipment
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Work Context: 

    Usually work manufacturing or production environments to oversee production performances to meet deadlines production schedules. May work regular hours, however may be required to work weekends and be on call.


    Diploma in a manufacturing or related engineering discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Emal , Dubal, Ducab, Emirates Steel, Strata, Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC)

    Occupational Size: 
    More than 5,000 and less than 30,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Higher than the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Area coordinator (manufacturing) - Assembly supervisor - Finishing supervisor - Production supervisor (manufacturing)
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Manufacturing manager - Plant manager - Manufacturing manager - General production manager - Production control manager - Production superintendent - Supervisor - Manufacturing coordinator - Area plant manager

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi