Day in the life of
Production Supervisor – Lisa C.
I am Lisa, a production supervisor in charge of the fabrication unit at WellPCB.
My typical work begins with a recap of the previous day’s work. My team and I will go through what we had accomplished (progress in making a PCB) if we didn’t manage to complete it the previous day. The recap involves testing some components for functionality and verifying continuity in the already printed copper traces. After setting everything up, we resume production till the board is completed. We complete several boards in a day, alongside other teams.
Sometimes we operate on tight deadlines necessitating that we extend our evening hours. Regardless of the tight schedules and long hours, every satisfied customer serves more than enough motivation to keep on giving the best.
Besides my typical day, I am also tasked with the following:
- Developing work schedules and allocating work to my production team.
- Ensuring optimum productivity by resolving any arising problems in the shortest time possible.
- Maintaining my team’s headcount, as well as selecting and training new employees.
- Monitoring results and appraising where necessary.
- Conducting retraining where necessary to ensure continuous improvement in processes, procedures, and policies.
- Maintaining an overall safe and healthy working environment as per the laid down guidelines.
- Working with the team to establish exact customer specifications.
- Examining the already made PCBs to ensure they meet the product specifications and standards.
- Performing any other duties as directed by the senior supervisor and the production managers.
Pros: The instant results that we get at every stage of making a PCB is the most interesting part. Thanks to this continuous testing, we hardly ship a defective board.
Cons: On the other hand, we have to put in great effort and long working hours to achieve the needed work quality. For me and most in my team, these are our only challenges.
plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.