Industrial Supervision

Associate Degree 3 months

Industrial Supervision Degree

If you have experience working in industrial or manufacturing settings and are ready to take the next steps in your career, our accredited online Industrial Supervision Associate Degree can help you prepare to qualify for a leadership role. With flexible online classes, you can build leadership, managerial, and organizational skills on your schedule, from home.
  • Our Industrial Supervision Degree can prepare students with relevant work experience to qualify for leadership roles in industrial and manufacturing settings.
  • Classes in the degree program focus on business skills in an industrial or trades setting, including courses in management, inventory control, and organizational behavior.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How effective communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and problem-solving skills help improve leadership success and why they're necessary for building relationships with team members.
  2. How to recognize and discuss industrial workplace safety concerns with employees, as well as implement policies to improve workplace safety.
  3. How to effectively lead a team through a variety of leadership approaches.
  4. How to resolve conflict, effectively communicate business needs to leadership and staff, and build a strong industrial team.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Industrial Supervisor Career Outcomes

First-Line Supervisor Average salary





Our Associate Degree in Industrial Supervision is designed with career readiness in mind. Your online training covers how to become an effective industrial supervisor and can help you prepare to advance in your career in a variety of manufacturing and industrial settings

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in manufacturing and industrial workplaces are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this program.  See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Industrial Supervision Degree Curriculum

  • 4 Semesters
  • 61 Credits
  • 40 Exams
  • 6 Submitted Projects

Estimated completion time per semester:

  • Fast track = 3 months
  • Average time = 5 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework.

In our Industrial Supervision Degree, you'll learn how to develop leadership and managerial skills that can help prepare you to become an effective leader of an industrial team. Your online classes include:

  • Introduction to Supervision and Leadership
  • Materials Management and Inventory Control
  • Industrial Safety
  • Organizational Behavior

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Industrial Supervision Student Stories

Penn Foster graduates have gone on to begin new careers or take on leadership roles within their current company. Learn more about their experiences with the Penn Foster Industrial Supervision Program.
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Angel H.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2021

"[Penn Foster] is affordable, flexible, and you can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.”

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Industrial Supervision Degree Tuition

Take the first steps toward advancing your career with our Associate Degree in Industrial Supervision. Simply choose from one of our low-cost, customized payment plans and get started today!

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Our Proven Industrial Supervision Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime 
  • No exam due dates 
  • Self-pace


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes 
  • Webinars


  • 24/7 access to online resources 
  • Online student community 
  • Student portal help center


  • Expert faculty 
  • Dedicated student services 
  • Robust learning resource

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Industrial Supervision Degree FAQs

Can industrial supervisor training help advance my career?

If you're working in the industrial or manufacturing fields and want to advance to a position where you're supervising employees such as a manager, team leader, maintenance supervisor, or foreman, having leadership training will be a valuable asset as you compete for these supervisor jobs. Additionally, supervisory training can also add to your own job satisfaction, as newly promoted supervisors often struggle in their new role because they haven’t received adequate training. With Penn Foster’s affordable, online courses you can get the leadership skills that will help you improve your effectiveness as an industrial workplace supervisor.

What is the role of an industrial supervisor?

Industrial supervisors combine their work experience with business and leadership skills to supervise, manage, and guide a team during their shift. Day-to-day, you'll focus on ensuring your team is prepared to complete their assigned tasks, maintaining workplace safety, inspecting machinery and materials for quality control, and managing a production schedule.

What are the average salary and career outlook of an industrial supervisor?

According to national averages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a first-line supervisor was $61,790 per year or $29.71 per hour in 2021*. Industrial supervisors can find work in a variety of settings including manufacturing plants, mills, and energy and utility companies.

What are the most important qualities of a good supervisor?

Good supervisors combine their on-the-job experience and knowledge with business and leadership skills. To lead a team effectively, they should have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a variety of different personalities. They should also be detail-oriented, organized, and display competent decision-making abilities.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers." Occupational Employment and Wages. Accessed September 23, 2022.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.