Production Supervisor Specialist (1st Shift)

Wabtec Corporation

Erie, PA


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at:

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Our Erie, PA site is the largest facility under Wabtec; located on beautiful Lake Erie in northern Pennsylvania and part of the Wabtec family of companies. Wabtec is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions, and value-added services. Whether it’s freight rail, transit, mining, industrial, or marine, our expertise, technologies, and people – together – are accelerating the future of transportation. At Wabtec, we are moving and improving the world!


The Production Supervisor Specialist supervises our unionized hourly production workers who support manufacturing of the best locomotives and parts that move the world. The Production Supervisor Specialist is responsible for safely leading a team to assemble products to Wabtec’s quality standards. The Supervisor is also responsible for ensuring that his/her team is working efficiently and effectively, providing high quality product and customer service to Wabtec’s stakeholders.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and maintain safety procedures and conditions to prevent accidents and provide a safe workplace.
  • Supervise staff including hiring, employee communications, training, discipline, evaluation, and terminations responsibilities.
  • Drive customer satisfaction through detailed focus on product reliability. Provide direction and support for an assigned hourly production team encompassing EHS, Quality, Material, Process, and Delivery.
  • Help motivate all employees in his/her production team to perform their duties using established procedures to meet or exceed goals.
  • Planning, creating, and executing production plans for all shifts, based on the MRP plan, customer requirements, manpower (hours) and equipment availability, part availability, and develop recovery plans when demand is not met.
  • Lead and support all Continuous Improvement Activities.
  • Ownership of the department’s equipment, tooling, fixtures, key manufacturing processes, product and productivity.
  • Ensure all company policies are followed and take corrective actions accordingly.
  • Work with the Team Leads to develop and execute training plans for all operators to ensure they have the skills needed to do their jobs and are sufficiently cross trained to optimize resource usage safely and correctly.
  • Provide clear and accurate communication to the work group. 
  • Ensure follow-up on issues and concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Troubleshoot and solve operation problems when identified.
  • Promote culture of teamwork, continuous improvement, and collaborate problem solving.  Work with sales, engineering, maintenance, inventory control to communicate work schedule and schedule necessary resources to support company.
  • Identify opportunities to increase employee engagement, motivation, and collaboration across work group.
  • Responsible for all Time and Attendance functions.

Education/Work Experience Requirements

  • Minimum two current years’ experience in supervisory role in manufacturing industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree or Technical degree preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes.
  • Strategic and creative thinking to analyze issues that may arise and create solutions.
  • Basic shop math skills in all units of measure, along with ability to read and use gauges and measuring instruments.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while having a high degree of attention to details.
  • Knowledge of production/materials control system.
  • Understanding of continuous improvement, lean manufacturing concepts and production schedules preferred
  • Strong organization skills
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to influence, motive, coach, and drive accountability.

Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand for long durations of time and be mobile throughout the workday. Employee must be able to effectively communicate (talk and hear), and use hands and fingers to handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.

Regularly required to operate a variety of automated office machines which includes a computer, printer, copy machine, calculator, telephone, etc.

Must be able to move or carry objects or materials.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this class, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn, apply and teach new information or skills; and interact with other employees, customers and vendors.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an indoor manufacturing environment.  The employee will work in areas exposed to production activities to include but not limited to production machinery, assembly operations, overhead cranes usage, and forklift traffic.  The employee will be required to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to workplace hazards.


Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.