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Production Supervisor - Welding 2nd Shift

Production Supervisor - Welding

General Description

The Weld Shop Supervisor is responsible for managing work flow, ensuring that proper processes and procedures are followed, and employees have the tools and information needed to successfully perform their jobs. This supervisor is expected to recommend and implement improvements to processes, equipment, and working conditions that will enhance the safety, quality, and productivity of the department.  Objective performance evaluations and targeted education and training programs are key tools the supervisor will use to actively manage the professional development and success of the welding team.


This job description is intended to be an overview of primary responsibilities for this position.  All employees are charged with providing assistance in generally similar duties when management deems it necessary.   Special projects and activities may also be created where employees’ talents can best be utilized. In addition, General Stamping & Metalworks is a growing organization responding to an ever changing market.  It is expected that tasks and requirements will change from time to time and employees will be asked to respond as needed and within reason.

Organizational Relationships and Authority

The Weld Shop Supervisor reports directly to the corresponding Shift Manager.


Direct Reports to this position are likely to include:

  • Weld Shop Operators
  • Material Handlers
  • Certified Machine Skills Instructors


The Weld Shop Supervisor has direct responsibility to halt operations if employee safety is a concern or equipment is not performing to original manufacturer specifications.  This position works closely with Engineering Technologists, Manufacturing Engineers, Welding Machinery Technician and Production Supervisors, and collaborates with the Production Scheduler, Facilities Supervisor and Tool Room Supervisor to resolve scheduling, equipment, tooling or facilities issues.

Key Responsibilities and Purpose

The primary responsibility of the Weld Shop Supervisor is to maintain a safe, clean, and efficient work area while managing labor, equipment, tooling, and work flow in order to ensure on time completion of production schedules.  Each supervisor will conduct effective team meetings at the start of shift to communicate opportunities, explain challenges, listen to feedback, and remove obstacles.  You will develop employee’s skills by listening, teaching, and mentoring your team members as well as assessing skills.


To achieve success in this role, the supervisor must:

  • Directly and attentively supervise Welders, Certified Machine Skills Instructors, and Material Handlers
  • Complete standard work assignments
  • Plan and requisition labor in collaboration with the Shift Manager to ensure appropriate staffing levels to meet production requirements
  • Clearly identify and safely store all raw material inventories and weld fixtures in a manner which affords easy access and minimizes waste
  • Maintain 85% or greater productivity level for the department
  • Communicate management directives and company information to employees
  • Collaborate with the Welding Machinery Technician when equipment is not performing to optimal standards
  • Troubleshoot issues with fixtures and inform Tool Room Supervisor of your findings
  • Recommend equipment purchases to improve or expand capabilities of the department
  • Collaborate with Technologists, Manufacturing Engineers, Shift Manager, and Tool Room Supervisors on new projects or process improvements
  • Utilize ERP system to modify jobs, reconcile inventories, review production schedules, and maintain die inventory locations
  • Inform the Supply Chain Manager & QA Supervisor of non-conforming material or issues with supplier documentation
  • Communicate and maintain the safety, quality, and cleanliness standards set for the department
  • Evaluate and approve new weld fixtures or modifications
  • Ensure preventative maintenance schedules are followed on all welding and department equipment
  • Create work orders when equipment is not performing safely or optimally
  • Ensure that all employees have the necessary tools and training to maximize their productivity
  • Recommend and participate in continuous improvement initiatives
  • Complete thorough accident investigations when necessary
  • Utilize the established process for weld fixture maintenance and ensure the process is sustained

Job Demands and Expectations

This position requires the supervisor to maintain a healthy relationship between his/her subordinates to ensure an objective view is always maintained and organizational goals are not compromised.  

The Weld Shop Supervisor is expected to update job knowledge on an ongoing basis by identifying and participating in related educational opportunities, reading professional publications, reporting key learning’s to the management team, maintaining personal networks to the benefit of the company, and participating in professional organizations where indicated or requested.

All supervisors are required to complete and maintain First Responder training, enabling the management team to respond to emergency situations in an appropriate, calm, and systematic manner. 

Qualifications and Competencies

To perform this job successfully, an individual must demonstrate excellent communication skills and consistently follow up on assigned projects to ensure completion.   

The individual will also maintain competency with the following programs and equipment:

  • Microsoft Suite
  • Laptop, tablet and/or desktop computer
  • Cellular and office telephone system
  • ERP system

General Competencies

Dependability: Follows the direction of the Shift Manager and provides accountability for performance of key responsibilities: takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits time necessary to reach goals; meets deadlines or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
Problem Solving: Utilizes creative talents and skills to successfully resolve problems; develops solutions that work; works with others to solve problems and resolve situations.
Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments prepared and on time.
Employee Relations: Manages difficult or emotional employee situations using good communication skills; responds promptly and effectively to employee questions and needs; solicits employee feedback to improve responsiveness and initiatives; responds to requests for information and assistance in a supportive and enthusiastic manner; meets commitments.
Oral Presentations: Makes full use of audio-visual technologies and programs to develop clear, engaging and persuasive presentations.
Listening Skills: Listens carefully to the input of others and gets clarification before generating conclusions; responds thoughtfully and non-defensively to questions;
Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.


Supervisor certification (preferred)

High School graduate or equivalent preferred


Minimum of 5 years of supervising experience in welding operations preferred 

Required working knowledge of:

  • Blueprint Reading with welding symbols and weld symbols
  • Material forming principles
  • Welding safety systems
  • Welding controls
  • Welding equipment

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Production Floor subject to variations in temperature

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must possess the ability to regularly or occasionally meet the following physical demands:


Speak clearly and understandably, with a pleasant tone of voice and manner
Hear within a range that enables normal telephone communication
See a computer screen within reasonable reading distance without strain
Type at a keyboard without discomfort for some of the working day
Move around the office environment and manufacturing floor comfortably in order to fulfill tasks required in various offices and departments

Travel beyond the office environment by private or commercial aircraft, automobile, or golf cart without undue stress or discomfort

Salary/Wages and Benefits

Refer to Letter of Agreement for this position.

Conditions of Hire

All employment with GSM, Inc. is at-will by the employer and employee and therefore subject to change.

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