First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand

Description

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.

Tasks

  • Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads.
  • Collaborate with workers and managers to solve work-related problems.
  • Review work throughout the work process and at completion to ensure that it has been performed properly.
  • Transmit and explain work orders to laborers.
  • Check specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders.
  • Inform designated employees or departments of items loaded or problems encountered.
  • Examine freight to determine loading sequences.
  • Evaluate employee performance and prepare performance appraisals.
  • Perform the same work duties as those supervised or perform more difficult or skilled tasks or assist in their performance.
  • Prepare and maintain work records and reports of information such as employee time and wages, daily receipts, or inspection results.
  • Conduct staff meetings to relay general information or to address specific topics, such as safety.
  • Counsel employees in work-related activities, personal growth, or career development.
  • Inspect equipment for wear and for conformance to specifications.
  • Resolve personnel problems, complaints, or formal grievances when possible, or refer them to higher-level supervisors for resolution.
  • Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or disciplinary measures.
  • Assess training needs of staff and arrange for or provide appropriate instruction.
  • Schedule times of shipment and modes of transportation for materials.
  • Quote prices to customers.
  • Estimate material, time, and staffing requirements for a given project, based on work orders, job specifications, and experience.
  • Provide assistance in balancing books, tracking, monitoring, or projecting a unit's budget needs and in developing unit policies and procedures.
  • Inspect job sites to determine the extent of maintenance or repairs needed.
  • Participate in the hiring process by reviewing credentials, conducting interviews, or making hiring decisions or recommendations.
  • Inventory supplies and requisition or purchase additional items, as necessary.

Knowledge

Chemistry
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Biology
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Skills

Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

Interests

Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

Work Values

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.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Aircraft Cleaning Supervisor
Boat and Plant Utility Supervisor
Building Materials or Lumber Yard Supervisor
Car Cleaning Supervisor
Car Wash Supervisor
Carpenter Labor Supervisor
Chute Boss
Circus Supervisor
Circus Train Supervisor
Cleaning Supervisor
Cooler Manager
Cotton Header
Dock Boss
Dock Supervisor
Field Pipe Lines Supervisor
Floor Supervisor
Foundry Supervisor
Freight Loading Supervisor
Front Line Supervisor
Gang Boss
Gang Leader
Gang Supervisor
Garbage Collector Supervisor
Gas Pumping Station Supervisor
Grading Supervisor
Grip Boss
Hatch Boss
Hatch Supervisor
Header
Labor Supervisor
Labor Utilization Superintendent
Load Out Supervisor
Loading and Unloading Supervisor
Mail Handlers Supervisor
Mailroom Manager
Maintenance Supervisor
Manufacturing Advisor
Material Handling Crew Supervisor
Material Handling Warehouse Supervisor
Newspaper Circulation Manager
Operations Supervisor
Packaging Supervisor
Parking Lot Supervisor
Platform Material Handler Manager
Platform Material Handling Supervisor
Pressroom Manager
Production Supervisor
Pumping Supervisor
Quality Assurance Supervisor (QA Supervisor)
Reactor Fueling Supervisor
Receiving Lead
Receiving Manager
Receiving Supervisor
Refuse Collector Supervisor
Rigger Supervisor
Scrap Preparation Supervisor
Section Supervisor
Shipping Manager
Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Team Leader
Stevedoring Superintendent
Stevedoring Supervisor
Tank Cleaning Supervisor
Terminal Operations Manager
Transportation Supervisor
Trash Collector Supervisor
Warehouse Lead
Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Supervisor
Yard Foreman
Yard Supervisor

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$21.72 hourly, $45,180 annual.
Employment (2008):
168,910 employees