I am Susovan Chatterjee, working as a Production Supervisor at Tata Motors Ltd. My job is to make sure that my production line is able to meet the daily production target.
Who is a Production Supervisor?
A production supervisor is someone who motivates his team to perform and solve problems without losing any production time. My main job is to meet the daily production and deliver to our internal customer without any rework or rectification.
What did you want to be when you were in higher secondary school?
Actually, I wanted to become a civil servant but parental pressure forced me to appear for the engineering entrance. Then I choose Mechanical Engineering as it has its use in various types of industries.
What is your job role within the organisation?
My day starts with conducting morning meeting with my team members, where we discuss about yesterday’s success and failure and today’s target.
Later I have to set the manpower on production line. The manpower may be less, therefore, I have to depute little less manpower in every station or ask for some extra manpower from the adjacent line.
Sometimes the manpower may be more, hence after deputing sufficient manpower in the station, I will put the excess manpower into some project like 5S improvement or Kaizen.
How is the actual career different from what you initially thought about it?
Before joining this company, I thought my job will be more technical like solving technical problems.
But after joining, I realised that manpower management and stress handling is the most important part of my job.
What do you love about your current role?
The pay is not great, but good. Instead, the perks are really good. Jamshedpur plant has a large (900 acres) township with all the facilities. My whole family (spouse, children and parents) gets free treatment in Tata Motors Hospital. The company also has school (+2) and they also provide bus service at a very nominal cost.
What are the challenges you face in your career?
Like I said, pay is not the best. Work-life is very stressful and I haven’t learnt any cutting edge technology.
Can you please summarise your career journey?
- 3 years Diploma – Mechanical Engineering.
- Got a job in Tata Motors as Diploma Engineer Trainee through campus interview.
- I am currently pursuing higher education to get a better job in my next company.
Do you recommend current students to opt for Diploma?
I think the number of diploma engineering students are still less in number than degree students, so finding a job is easier. But you must definitely opt for higher education for a better growth.
What are the skills required to be a Production Supervisor?
- technical skill
- communication skill
- able to maintain composure during stressful situations
Which are the industries that employ Mechanical Engineers?
- Iron and steel industry
- petroleum industry
- construction industry
- and lots of other manufacturing industries
What do you think everyone leaving higher secondary school should know, especially who want to be in Mechanical Industry?
Mechanical Engineering jobs are very tough physically and mentally as well. You should be able to put in extra effort if necessary and you must have a cool head.