Job type

Workshop supervisor

£20k - £35k

Typical salary

37 – 40

Hours per week

Workshop supervisors oversee the day-to-day operations in an engineering workshop or production plant.

More info

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations in a workshop or production setting
  • You'll need good knowledge of production systems and the ability to lead a team
  • Progress into management, quality control or health & safety inspection

As a workshop supervisor you'll oversee other workers and manage what gets done in a workshop environment.


  • Planning work rotas
  • Setting production targets
  • Supervising production staff
  • Checking quality
  • Helping out in the workshop when required
  • Dealing with health and safety issues
  • Working with machinery maintenance technicians to solve problems
  • Writing management reports
  • Recruiting and training staff


You'll normally be based in a setting like a factory, carpentry or engineering workshop, and you might have to work shifts.

You'll need

You'll need an understanding of how things are made, good organisational skills, IT skills, and team-working skills.

Many people move into supervisor roles after starting out in a technical role in making items, so you could start by becoming a technician or tradesperson. You might also need qualifications in mechanical or electrical engineering, welding, or manufacturing for specific workshop environments.

Qualifications in team leading, quality control or first line management would also be useful but not essential.


With experience, you could become a workshop manager. You could also move into quality control or health and safety inspection.