Preparing and Selecting Engineering Supervisors 690719

The preparation and selection of an engineering supervisor can be achieved in an individual situation: an engineer and his supervisor. The native abilities, knowledge, and skills required to be an engineer provide a basis on which the added knowledge and skill required of an engineering supervisor can be superimposed, provided that the engineer has or can acquire the necessary interest in, and appropriate attitude toward, the job of supervising people and their work. A supervisor may give some specific work assignments to an engineer from which both may gain an indication of the engineer's interest or lack of interest in being a supervisor. The work experience will also help develop the knowledge and skills required of a supervisor. Higher management must provide an optimum “climate” including compensation, supervision, and communication to encourage the application of the engineering supervisor's knowledge and skill.


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