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

Description

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

Tasks

  • Enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Plan work assignments and equipment allocations to meet transportation, operations or production goals.
  • Confer with customers, supervisors, contractors, or other personnel to exchange information or to resolve problems.
  • Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, or loading or unloading of materials or people.
  • Resolve worker problems or collaborate with employees to assist in problem resolution.
  • Review orders, production schedules, blueprints, or shipping or receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, or destinations.
  • Monitor field work to ensure that it is being performed properly and that materials are being used as they should be.
  • Recommend and implement measures to improve worker motivation, equipment performance, work methods, or customer services.
  • 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.
  • Explain and demonstrate work tasks to new workers or assign training tasks to experienced workers.
  • Prepare, compile, and submit reports on work activities, operations, production, or work-related accidents.
  • Recommend or implement personnel actions, such as employee selection, evaluation, rewards, or disciplinary actions.
  • Requisition needed personnel, supplies, equipment, parts, or repair services.
  • Plan and establish transportation routes.
  • Inspect or test materials, stock, vehicles, equipment, or facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and consistent with specifications.
  • Compute or estimate cash, payroll, transportation, personnel, or storage requirements.
  • Dispatch personnel and vehicles in response to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.
  • Perform or schedule repairs or preventive maintenance of vehicles or other equipment.
  • Examine, measure, or weigh cargo or materials to determine specific handling requirements.
  • Assist workers in tasks such as coupling railroad cars or loading vehicles.
  • Drive vehicles or operate machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.

Knowledge

Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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

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

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.
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.
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.
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

Airplane Pilot Supervisor
Area Captain
Area Counselor
Auto Servicer
Boatswain
Building Materials or Lumber Yard Supervisor
Bus and Trolley Dispatcher
Bus Driver Supervisor
Cab Supervisor
Car Supervisor
Cargo Supervisor
Cellars Supervisor
Certified Solid Waste Facility Operator
Chief Compressor Station Engineer
Chief Gauger
Chief Station Engineer
Circus Train Supervisor
Coal Yard Supervisor
Concrete Products Dispatcher
Crane Crew Supervisor
Delivery Supervisor
Dirt Contractor
Dispatcher
Distribution Supervisor
Distribution Warehouse Manager
Dock Operations Manager
Dock Supervisor
Dockmaster
Driver Manager
Driver Supervisor
Ferry Terminal Supervisor
Field Pipelines Supervisor
Fleet Manager
Garbage Collection Supervisor
Gas Pumping Station Supervisor
Gas Station Manager
Gas Station Operator
Grading Supervisor
Hauling Contractor
Head Well Puller
Header
House Mover
Load-Out Supervisor
Loading Rack Supervisor
Material Crew Supervisor
Material Handling Supervisor
Milk Route Supervisor
Motor Vehicle Operator Road Supervisor
Move Coordinator
Newspaper Distributor Supervisor
Oil Dispatcher
On Car Supervisor
Operations Manager
Operations Supervisor
Parking Lot Supervisor
Pilot Supervisor
Port Steward
Pumping Supervisor
Reactor Fueling Supervisor
Retail Route Supervisor
Rig Manager
Rig Superintendent
Road Supervisor
Road Supervisor of Engines
Roadmaster
Route Delivery Manager
Route Delivery Supervisor
Route Sales Delivery Drivers Supervisor
Sanitary Landfill Supervisor
Service Station Manager
Service Station Operator
Shipping Manager
Shipping Receiving Manager
Snow Removing Supervisor
Stevedoring Superintendent

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$25.6 hourly, $53,240 annual.
Employment (2008):
197,300 employees