Processing and Manufacturing Supervisors

(NOC 9211, 9212, 9213, 9214, 9215, 9217)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

These individuals supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in a number of processing and manufacturing operations, such as metal, chemical, mineral, food processing, plastic and rubber products, forest products, textile products, furniture and electronics manufacturing, and motor vehicle assembly. They are employed in a wide variety of manufacturing and utility operations.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Processing and Manufacturing Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 73% of Processing and Manufacturing Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $60,235. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$23.50

Median

$41.35

Maximum

Annual Pay

$24,192

Minimum

$56,850

Median

$108,327

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These individuals supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in a number of processing and manufacturing operations, such as metal, chemical, mineral, food processing, plastic and rubber products, forest products, textile products, furniture and electronics manufacturing, and motor vehicle assembly. They are employed in a wide variety of manufacturing and utility operations.

Job duties

Supervisors in processing and manufacturing perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers.
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and coordinate work activities with other departments.
  • Requisition materials and supplies.
  • Resolve work problems and recommend work measures to improve productivity and product quality.
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports and develop and manage operating budget for area of responsibility.
  • Identify, investigate, correct and document potential environmental and safety problems.
  • Ensure that systems and equipment are operating efficiently and that proper maintenance and repairs are performed.
  • Provide information for maintenance plans to ensure that maintenance and production objectives are met.
  • May also supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of trades workers, labourers or other workers.
  • May set up machines and equipment.

Sample job titles

  • clothing manufacturing foreman/woman
  • concrete products foreman/woman
  • foreman/woman - textile processing
  • foundry supervisor
  • landfill supervisor
  • packaging supervisor - food and beverage processing
  • plastic products inspection supervisor
  • power station supervisor
  • pulp processing foreman/woman - pulp and paper
  • sawmill supervisor
  • stationary engineer foreman/woman

Skills

To work in these jobs, you must be capable of supervising staff, working with teams, communicating effectively, and maintaining production schedules. Problem-solving, technical writing, and computer skills are important. For some jobs, physical stamina may be necessary.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is usually required.
  • Post-secondary education may be required for some jobs in this group.
  • Several years of some combination of formal and on-the-job training are sometimes provided.
  • Some jobs in this grouping may require a specific licence or certification, such as a stationary engineer`s Licence, refrigeration certification, lumber grading, industrial first aid, solid waste, landfill or compost facility operator certification and a competency certificate in natural gas.
  • Hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) coordinators require HACCP certification and several years of experience in quality assurance of food production.

Other considerations

Usually, significant non-supervisory experience in a related positions and/or additional training are required. Several years of experience as a worker in the job being supervised are usually required as an entry point to supervision. There is some mobility between this group of jobs when producing similar products or with similar technological or licensing requirements. Progression to managerial positions is also possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,100

employed in 2016

95.3%

employed full-time

1.8%

self employed

15.4%
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84.6%
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48.5

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

24.5%

Northern

24.1%

Southern

21.2%

Halifax

17.0%

Annapolis Valley

13.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

26.7%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

19.9%

Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing

9.5%

Utilities

6.8%

Paper Manufacturing

6.8%

Wholesale Trade

What is the age of Employment?

36.3%

45-54

29.5%

55-64

16.4%

35-44

7.5%

25-34

7.5%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

31.5%

High school

$52,189 median annual income
24.4%

College certificate or diploma

$64,576 median annual income
18.1%

Trades certificate

$66,241 median annual income
15.5%

Less than high school

$43,757 median annual income
4.6%

Bachelor's degree

$63,100 median annual income

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Biophysics

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of physics principles to the scientific study of the mechanisms of biological processes and assemblies at all levels of complexity. These programs include courses in research methods and equipment operation and applications to subjects such as bioenergetics, biophysical theory and modelling, electrophysics, membrane biology, channels, receptors and transporters, contractility and muscle function, protein shaping and folding, molecular and supramolecular structures and assemblies, and computational science.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Electrical/electronics maintenance and repair technology - Other

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Instrumentation technology/technician

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. These programs include courses in instrumentation design and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Stationary energy sources installer and operator (Canada)

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, repair, operate, and maintain large power sources that could include generating electricity and heat.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 696
Truro, NS B2N 5E5
Tel: (902) 895-1179
Fax: (902) 893-1197
Automotive Human Resource Sector Council of Nova Scotia
192 Wyse Road, Suite 8
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1M9
Tel: (877) 860-3805
Fax: (902) 465-5734

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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