Mechanical Supervisor

Job Description and Activities

A Mechanical Supervisor oversees the work of the port’s mechanics, assistant mechanics and apprentice mechanics, and ensures their work is done safely and to the requirements of the port and its customers. The activities of a Mechanical Supervisor would include the following:

  • Supervising workshop activity – the Mechanical Supervisor is responsible for informing mechanics of the work schedule and ensuring they complete their work to time and that the work is thorough and safe.
  • Supervising safety – it is normally the responsibility of the Mechanical Supervisor to ensure that the immediate working area is safe to work, and that the mechanics are wearing relevant safety equipment and working safely.

The Working Environment

Mechanical Supervisors will spend the majority of their time on the workshop floor. They will need good communication and leadership skills for guiding their team of mechanics.


A Mechanical Supervisor can expect to earn somewhere in the region of £20,000 to £35,000, depending on experience, and the size and type of organisation.

Entry Requirements

Because of the skilled nature of engineering and mechanical work, a Mechanical Supervisor will need a high level qualification, such as a level 3 N/SVQ in Engineering Maintenance. Experience working as a mechanic and as a supervisor is also valued.

Career Development

A Mechanical Supervisor would usually progress to workshop manager, dependent on the required qualifications. Opportunities also exist outside the industry.