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Working As An Assistant Plant Manager

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $84,004

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Plant Manager Do

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

Duties

Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, and research and design.

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How To Become An Assistant Plant Manager

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.

Education

Employers prefer managers have at least a bachelor’s degree. While the degree may be in any field, many industrial production managers have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or industrial engineering. Sometimes, production workers with many years of experience take management classes and become a production manager. At large plants, where managers have more oversight responsibilities, employers may look for managers who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many industrial production managers begin as production workers and move up through the ranks. They usually advance to a first-line supervisory position before eventually being selected for management. Most earn a college degree in business management or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of a promotion.

Production managers who join a firm immediately after graduating from college sometimes work as first-line supervisors before beginning their jobs as production managers.

Some managers begin working at a company directly after college or graduate school. They may spend their first few months in training programs, becoming familiar with the production process, company policies, and safety regulations. In large companies, many also spend short periods of time working in other departments, such as purchasing or accounting, to learn more about the company.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Industrial production managers must have excellent communication skills so they can work with managers from other departments, as well as with the company’s senior-level management.

Leadership skills. To keep the production process running smoothly, industrial production managers must motivate and direct the employees they manage.

Problem-solving skills. Production managers must be able to identify problems immediately and solve them. For example, if a product has a defect, the manager determines whether it is a onetime problem or the result of the production process.

Time-management skills. To meet production deadlines, managers must carefully manage their employees’ time as well as their own.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

While not required, industrial production managers can earn certifications that show a higher level of competency in quality or management systems. The Association for Operations Management offers a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential. The American Society for Quality offers credentials in quality control. Both certifications require specific amounts of work experience before applying for the credential, so they are generally not earned before entering the occupation.

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Average Length of Employment
Plant Manager 5.5 years
General Supervisor 4.6 years
Production Manager 4.1 years
Top Employers Before
Supervisor 7.2%
Manager 4.3%
Foreman 2.6%
Top Employers After
Manager 3.2%
Owner 2.9%
Consultant 2.8%
Supervisor 2.3%

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Assistant Plant Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

88.1%

Female

10.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

65.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.4%

Japanese

7.0%

Portuguese

5.3%

German

5.3%

French

5.3%

Chinese

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Dakota

1.8%

Thai

1.8%

Lingala

1.8%

Italian

1.8%
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Assistant Plant Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Purdue University

8.3%

Auburn University

6.3%

Mississippi State University

5.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

5.2%

Iowa State University

5.2%

Kansas State University

4.7%

Webster University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Clemson University

4.7%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Alabama

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Platteville

3.6%

Villanova University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

University of Kentucky

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.6%

Indiana State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

38.9%

Management

7.7%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Industrial Engineering

4.6%

Industrial Technology

4.4%

Accounting

3.8%

Operations Management

3.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

General Studies

2.9%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.4%

Education

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Criminal Justice

2.3%

Engineering

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Agricultural Business

2.0%

Finance

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.5%

Other

26.9%

Masters

15.1%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Assistant Plant Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Plant Manager General Motors Company Lake Orion, MI Apr 01, 2010 $185,000
Business Improvement/Assistant Plant Manager Alcan Primary Products Corporation Robards, KY Oct 01, 2012 $145,000
Assistant Plant Manager Horsehead Corporation Chicago, IL Jul 14, 2015 $137,904
Assistant Plant Manager Horsehead Corporation Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2014 $120,000
Assistant Plant Manager (Food Technologist) Kemps, LLC Farmington, MN Dec 02, 2012 $82,700
Assistant Plant Manager Tyson Foods, Inc. Sedalia, MO Dec 18, 2011 $79,798
Assistant Plant Manager Tyson Foods, Inc. Sedalia, MO Oct 01, 2010 $76,450
Assistant Plant Manager Kisco Conformal Coating, LLC Milford, CT Sep 01, 2009 $71,656
Mechanical Engineer/Assistant Plant Manager Marianas Gas Corporation Jun 01, 2014 $69,000
Assistant Plant Manager ESM Group Inc. Saxonburg, PA Dec 01, 2010 $68,620
Assistant Breaker Plant Manager Rose Acre Farms, Inc. Seymour, IN Jul 30, 2011 $63,814
Assistant Plant Manager Glasswall LLC Miami, FL Jun 23, 2010 $63,440
Assistant Plant Manager ESM Group Inc. Saxonburg, PA Dec 01, 2010 $60,000
ATO Center Assistant Plant Manager Metso Automation USA Inc. Shrewsbury, MA Mar 08, 2012 $58,100 -
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Top Skills for An Assistant Plant Manager

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  1. Safety
  2. Plant Operations
  3. Production Facility
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  • Monitored and recorded employee attendance, production and safety related behavioral patterns, recommending and enforcing personnel improvement practices.
  • Schedule and supervise plant operations to meet production requirements in timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Managed animal feed production facility including operations, manufacturing processes, safety, and maintenance.
  • Work with Production Supervisors in approving vacation schedules requested by Production employees while considering effects on customer job completion.
  • Reviewed and adjusted production schedules to increase plant profitability through production efficiency and attainment of unit per hour goals.

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