Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

Manufacturing > Maintenance, Installation & Repair

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Common job titles of Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 34.02% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 27.81% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Essential Tasks

    Requisition materials and supplies, such as tools, equipment, or replacement parts.

    Perform skilled repair or maintenance operations, using equipment such as hand or power tools, hydraulic presses or shears, or welding equipment.

    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.

    Monitor employees' work levels and review work performance.

    Counsel employees about work-related issues and assist employees to correct job-skill deficiencies.

    Examine objects, systems, or facilities and analyze information to determine needed installations, services, or repairs.

    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.

    Monitor tool and part inventories and the condition and maintenance of shops to ensure adequate working conditions.

    Compile operational or personnel records, such as time and production records, inventory data, repair or maintenance statistics, or test results.

    Inspect, test, and measure completed work, using devices such as hand tools or gauges to verify conformance to standards or repair requirements.

    Interpret specifications, blueprints, or job orders to construct templates and lay out reference points for workers.

    Compute estimates and actual costs of factors such as materials, labor, or outside contractors.

Regular Tasks

    Meet with vendors or suppliers to discuss products used in repair work.

    Develop, implement, or evaluate maintenance policies and procedures.

    Review, evaluate, accept, and coordinate completion of work bid from contractors.

    Conduct or arrange for worker training in safety, repair, or maintenance techniques, operational procedures, or equipment use.

Occasional Tasks

    Design equipment configurations to meet personnel needs.

    Develop or implement electronic maintenance programs or computer information management systems.

    Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as hires, promotions, transfers, discharges, or disciplinary measures.

    Participate in budget preparation and administration, coordinating purchasing and documentation and monitoring departmental expenditures.

    Investigate accidents or injuries and prepare reports of findings.

What Tools and Technologies do Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers use?


Two way radios

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Portable welding equipment

Portable drills

Plasma cutters

Personal computers

Measuring tapes

All Tools

Mainframe computers

Laser printers

Dye penetrant inspection equipment

Desktop computers



Infor ERP SyteLine

Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software


Automated inventory software


Computerized maintenance management system CMMS

All Technologies

Cost accounting software

HCSS HeavyBid

HCSS HeavyJob

Internet browser software

Inventory management software

Maintenance management software

Payroll software

Programmable logic controller PLC software

Recordkeeping software

Scheduling software

Vehicle management software


Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Everything Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers Should Know…



Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

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