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Details for First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators


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


  • Enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Plan work assignments and equipment allocations in order to meet transportation, operations, or production goals.
  • Confer with customers, supervisors, contractors, and other personnel to exchange information and to resolve problems.
  • Direct workers in transportation or related services, such as pumping, moving, storing, and loading/unloading of materials or people.
  • Resolve worker problems, or collaborate with employees to assist in problem resolution.
  • Review orders, production schedules, blueprints, and shipping/receiving notices to determine work sequences and material shipping dates, types, volumes, and 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, and customer services.
  • Maintain or verify records of time, materials, expenditures, and crew activities.
  • Interpret transportation and tariff regulations, shipping orders, safety regulations, and company policies and procedures for workers.
  • Explain and demonstrate work tasks to new workers, or assign workers to more experienced workers for further training.
  • Prepare, compile, and submit reports on work activities, operations, production, and work-related accidents.
  • Recommend or implement personnel actions such as employee selection, evaluation, and 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, and facilities to ensure that they are safe, free of defects, and meet specifications.
  • Compute and estimate cash, payroll, transportation, personnel, and storage requirements.
  • Dispatch personnel and vehicles in respond to telephone or radio reports of emergencies.
  • Perform or schedule repairs and preventive maintenance of vehicles and other equipment.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh cargo or materials to determine specific handling requirements.
  • Provide workers with assistance in performing tasks such as coupling railroad cars or loading vehicles.
  • Drive vehicles or operate machines or equipment to complete work assignments or to assist workers.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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