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Career Profile: First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 484,100 people employed as first-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers in the United States. The median annual salary is $70,200. Entry level employees earn approximately $42,440 per year and senior employees earn approximately $109,440 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Inspect and monitor work areas, examine tools and equipment, and provide employee safety training to prevent, detect, and correct unsafe conditions or violations of procedures and safety rules.
  • Inspect, test, and measure completed work, using devices such as hand tools or gauges to verify conformance to standards or repair requirements.
  • Develop, implement, or evaluate maintenance policies and procedures.
  • Meet with vendors or suppliers to discuss products used in repair work.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration, coordinating purchasing and documentation and monitoring departmental expenditures.
  • Review, evaluate, accept, and coordinate completion of work bid from contractors.
  • Interpret specifications, blueprints, or job orders to construct templates and lay out reference points for workers.
  • Monitor employees' work levels and review work performance.
  • Perform skilled repair or maintenance operations, using equipment such as hand or power tools, hydraulic presses or shears, or welding equipment.
  • Compute estimates and actual costs of factors such as materials, labor, or outside contractors.
  • Monitor tool and part inventories and the condition and maintenance of shops to ensure adequate working conditions.
  • Requisition materials and supplies, such as tools, equipment, or replacement parts.
  • Confer with personnel, such as management, engineering, quality control, customer, or union workers' representatives, to coordinate work activities, resolve employee grievances, or identify and review resource needs.
  • Determine schedules, sequences, and assignments for work activities, based on work priority, quantity of equipment, and skill of personnel.
  • Examine objects, systems, or facilities and analyze information to determine needed installations, services, or repairs.
  • Counsel employees about work-related issues and assist employees to correct job-skill deficiencies.
  • Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as hires, promotions, transfers, discharges, or disciplinary measures.
  • Investigate accidents or injuries and prepare reports of findings.
  • Conduct or arrange for worker training in safety, repair, or maintenance techniques, operational procedures, or equipment use.
  • Compile operational or personnel records, such as time and production records, inventory data, repair or maintenance statistics, or test results.
  • Develop or implement electronic maintenance programs or computer information management systems.
  • Design equipment configurations to meet personnel needs.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
484,100
Annual Openings:
47,400
Increase in Openings by 2030:
7%
Annual Salary Range:
$42,440 - $109,440
Education Requirements:
High school diploma