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Workshop supervisor Workshop foreperson, engineering workshop manager

Workshop supervisors oversee the day-to-day operations in an engineering workshop or production plant.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need experience and qualifications in mechanical or electrical engineering, welding, or manufacturing.

Qualifications in team leading, quality control or first line management would be useful but not essential.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • organisational skills
  • IT skills
  • teamworking skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • planning work rotas
  • setting production targets
  • supervising production staff
  • checking quality
  • helping out in the workshop when required
  • dealing with health and safety issues
  • working with machinery maintenance technicians to solve problems
  • writing management reports
  • recruiting and training staff

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: £30,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work up to 40 hours a week on a shift rota. 

You’ll be based in a factory or engineering workshop.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a workshop manager. You could also move into quality control or health and safety inspection.

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Last updated: 21 December 2016

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