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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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University of Phoenix15.9%
Michigan State University6.8%
North Carolina State University5.8%
Georgia Institute of Technology -5.3%
Arizona State University4.8%
Pennsylvania State University4.8%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.8%
Indiana State University4.8%
Wake Forest University3.9%
University of Iowa3.9%
University of Memphis3.9%
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)3.9%
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities3.4%
University of Arizona3.4%
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville3.4%
Indiana Wesleyan University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Director, Contract Manufacturing||Genentech, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$220,000|
|Director of Manufacturing||The Medicines Company||Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ||Sep 16, 2012||$207,620|
|Director, Manufacturing Sciences||Biogen, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Jun 01, 2015||$180,000|
|Director of Manufacturing||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$175,000 -
|Director of Manufacturing Excellence||Lhoist North America, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Jul 18, 2016||$175,000 -
|Director of Manufacturing||Faraday&Future Inc.||Gardena, CA||Sep 24, 2016||$170,000|
|Worldwide Lean Manufacturing Director||Asteelflash-Us East Corp.||Morrisville, NC||Oct 01, 2012||$162,000|
|Director of Manufacturing||Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation||Boca Raton, FL||Jun 09, 2010||$160,532|
|Director of Manufacturing||Lumileds Lighting LLC||San Jose, CA||Aug 22, 2012||$160,000|
|Director of Manufacturing||Tesla Motorsinc||Fremont, CA||Feb 03, 2015||$150,000|
|Director Manufacturing||Amgen Inc.||West Greenwich, RI||Sep 12, 2011||$145,000|
|Director of Manufacturing Excellence||Foamex Innovations Operating Co.||Media, PA||Dec 17, 2010||$145,000|
|Director of Manufacturing||Gardner Denver Thomas||Monroe, LA||May 09, 2016||$142,800|
|Director of Manufacturing||Lumileds Lighting LLC||San Jose, CA||Jan 01, 2012||$141,898 -
|Director of Manufacturing||Weber Automotive Corporation, USA||Auburn Hills, MI||Oct 01, 2015||$140,000|
|Director Manufacturing||Gardner Denver Thomas||Monroe, LA||Aug 25, 2014||$140,000|
|Director of Manufacturing (Manufacturing Engineer)||Weber Automotive Corporation||Auburn Hills, MI||Aug 29, 2016||$140,000|
|Director, Manufacturing Enginner||Carefusion Resources, LLC||San Diego, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$139,536|
|Director of Manufacturing, Americas||Laerdal Medical Corporation||Gatesville, TX||Sep 24, 2010||$136,022|
|Director of Manufacturing||Axium NANO LLC||Ithaca, NY||Sep 09, 2016||$120,000|
|Director of Manufacturing Processes, Systems & STR||Benteler Automotive Corporation||Goshen, IN||Jul 09, 2012||$118,000 -
|Director of Manufacturing Processes, Systems & STR||Benteler Automotive Corporation||Auburn Hills, MI||Jan 13, 2012||$118,000 -
|Director of Manufacturing||I.B. Goodman Manufacturing Company, Inc.||Newport, KY||Sep 21, 2010||$117,042|
|Director of Manufacturing||I.B. Goodman Manufacturing Company, Inc.||Newport, KY||Sep 21, 2011||$117,042|
|Director of Manufacturing Excellence||TPI Composites, Inc.||Warren, RI||Sep 17, 2014||$115,000 -
|Director of Manufacturing/Up2||L'orÉAl USA, Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Jun 30, 2014||$114,358 -
|Director, Components Manufacturing||SRG Global, Inc.||Warren, MI||Dec 31, 2011||$113,131|
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