Maintenance supervisors plan, lead, teach and assist the maintenance techs and manages activities related to the maintenance of equipment and facilities.

Do you make all the repairs around your house? Do you travel with a toolbox? A job as a maintenance supervisor will give you the opportunity to put those handyman skills to work in a professional setting. You’ll oversee other maintenance department employees, provide training to others and help out where ever you’re needed. Your days will be spent in every part of the facility, but your focus will be on the warehouse and the production floor, where equipment may need routine maintenance and repairs.

Your leadership skills will be put to the test as you lead the department in making sure all machines run properly. You’ll create or read maintenance reports and advise management on machine updates. Handling employee schedules and tasks will require a fair hand, and you’ll need to train new employees and take over repair jobs that are too complex for technicians and mechanics.

As a maintenance supervisor, you’ll also need to perform administrative work, like managing budgets and inventory. You’ll coordinate work done by utility and outside contracting companies, always making sure that the facility is in perfect working condition.

Maintenance managers are usually required to have a degree and some experience working in the field. Look for a program in management or electrical or mechanical engineering.

Also Known As:

Maintenance Manager

Critical Skills


  • Basic Physics and Construction
  • Deliver and Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Tools and Equipment
  • Safety Regulations and Procedures


  • Active Listening
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Decision Making
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Operations Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Teamwork

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee activities of maintenance department
  • Schedule and manage preventative maintenance activities
  • Oversee outside contractors performing installations, projects, and repairs at the facility
  • Direct safety team activities
  • Develop measures to improve production methods, efficiency, equipment performance, and quality of product
  • Maintain time and maintenance records
  • Developcapital equipment justifications for machine tools and process technology to improve quality, cost and cycle times
  • Estimation, requisition, and inspection materials
  • Ensure accurate parts inventory
  • Perform facility and grounds upkeep
  • Manage maintenance budget, projects, inventory, headcount and labor costs
  • Upgrade equipment for speed/quality, resin unloading and product enhancements
  • Work with local utility companies for plant related problems

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability


  • Handyman/Fixing Things
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Quality of Work

How to get this job

Get entry level job in area of interest and take on leadership or project management work.

Next Steps for this job

PMP Certification, get leadership training, computer software training.

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