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Working As A Factory 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

  • $93,940

    Average Salary

What Does A Factory 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 A Factory 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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Factory Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

84.9%

Female

11.8%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

74.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.2%

Asian

9.9%

Unknown

4.9%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

15.6%

Spanish

15.6%

Mandarin

15.6%

Japanese

9.4%

Cantonese

6.3%

Thai

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

German

3.1%

French

3.1%

Sinhala

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Persian

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Urdu

3.1%

Arabic

3.1%

Italian

3.1%
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Factory Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

Pennsylvania State University

6.5%

Western Michigan University

6.5%

Purdue University

6.5%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

5.2%

Saint Ambrose University

5.2%

Wake Forest University

3.9%

Marquette University

3.9%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

Iowa State University

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

University of Wisconsin Extension

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

Clemson University

3.9%

Weber State University

3.9%

Auburn University

3.9%

Syracuse University

2.6%

University of Connecticut

2.6%
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Majors

Business

38.5%

Mechanical Engineering

8.0%

Industrial Engineering

6.4%

Management

5.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

5.5%

Industrial Technology

4.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Engineering

3.7%

Operations Management

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.4%

Project Management

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Computer Science

1.8%

Chemistry

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

Food Science

1.5%

Education

1.5%

English

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

29.8%

Other

19.0%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Factory Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
MGR, Wireless Stability/Stress, Power & Factory SOF Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 04, 2012 $153,000
Manager of Site Factory Engineering Acquia Boston, MA Feb 06, 2016 $120,000
Manager-Focus Factory Plexus Corp. Buffalo Grove, IL Apr 25, 2016 $113,700
Focus Factory Manager ITT Enidine, Inc. Orchard Park, NY Jul 15, 2011 $107,630
Factory Manager HNI Corporation Muscatine, IA May 31, 2011 $90,000
Efactory Manager Mars, Incorporated Germantown, MD Oct 01, 2014 $86,232
Efactory Manager Mars, Incorporated Germantown, MD Jan 10, 2014 $86,232
Focus Factory Manager ITT Corporation Cheektowaga, NY Oct 01, 2009 $73,590
Manager, Factory Merchandising Coach, Inc. New York, NY Nov 02, 2010 $73,000

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Top Skills for A Factory Manager

SafetyProductionSupervisionProductLineOn-TimeDeliveryFacilityEfficiencyContinuousImprovementActivitiesProceduresPersonnelFocusFactoryDirectReportsKaizenRawMaterialsSigmaValueStreamCostSavingsPLogisticsProductionSchedulesKanban

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  1. Safety
  2. Production Supervision
  3. Product Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Improved process cycle time by more than 15% and lead a project team for Confined Space and Safety Program.
  • Direct staff of 10, total 115, included engineering, maintenance, production supervision and planning.
  • Applied LEAN/Six Sigma and other internal ITW techniques (80/20, In-Lining, Product Line Simplification, etc.)
  • Coordinate activities to achieve on-time delivery customers requirements.
  • Directed overall operations (3 shifts) of the manufacturing facility that produces 16 million plus secure ID's per year.

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