Machine and Systems Supervisor (f/m)

Roles and responsibilities in overview

You are responsible for setting up, retooling and operating machines or systems. Depending on the operational specialisation this could be machine tools, textile or printing machines or processing systems for the food and beverage industry.

Machine and systems supervisors prepare operation sequences, check machines on test benches with respect to specific functions and then commission them. They carry out inspections at regular intervals and are also entrusted with maintenance tasks. These include topping up oil, coolant and lubricant levels, replacing wearing parts such as seals, filters or hoses and adjusting the clearance of moving parts. They monitor the production process and operate and manage the flow of materials. The application and implementation of quality assurance measures also fall under their responsibility.

The role is mainly based in industrial production operations in a range of sectors, for example metalworking, organisations in the food and drinks industry, textile manufacturing and finishing or print finishing and paper processing. The work is mainly based in manufacturing and assembly shops.


  • Secondary school education

Training content

  • Allocation and administration for materials, consumables and auxiliary materials
  • Preparing sequences of operations
  • Inspection
  • Basic training in manual and automatic machining
  • Fundamentals of control engineering
  • Setting up and operating production systems
  • Managing the flow of materials
  • Maintaining and inspecting machines and systems
  • Implementing quality assurance measures

Length of apprenticeship

  • 2 years

Future roles

  • Operating machines and systems
  • Setting up and equipping machines
  • Managing the flow of materials
  • Maintaining and inspecting machines

Further training opportunities (in-service)

  • Specialist courses and workshops
  • Time and motion technician training
  • Assessor aptitude test