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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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Rochester Institute of Technology5.4%
Texas A&M University5.1%
Ohio State University5.0%
Arizona State University4.3%
Pennsylvania State University4.2%
Indiana Wesleyan University4.0%
Michigan State University3.8%
University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez3.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.1%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee3.1%
Iowa State University2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|District Manager, Oil and Gas Production Operations||Breitburn Management Company LLC||Orcutt, CA||Jul 10, 2015||$235,000|
|Manufacturing Manager||DAL-Tile Corporation||Sunnyvale, TX||Oct 01, 2015||$185,000|
|Manufacturing Manager||DAL-Tile Corporation||Sunnyvale, TX||Sep 14, 2015||$180,000|
|First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers||Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation||Boca Raton, FL||Jan 14, 2013||$162,953|
|Production Manufacturing Manager||Tesla Motorsinc||Fremont, CA||Dec 17, 2015||$160,326|
|Engineering, Industrial Design and Manufacturing Manager||Walker Digital Table Systems LLC||Las Vegas, NV||Jan 02, 2016||$160,000|
|Technical Manufacturing Manager||Intel Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 15, 2016||$153,483 -
|Manager, APP DEV, Manufacturing & Supply Chain||Starbucks Coffee Company||Seattle, WA||Sep 23, 2016||$153,213 -
|Yard Manager/Manufacturing Manager||Palmer Johnson Yachts, LLC||Sturgeon Bay, WI||Mar 01, 2013||$150,000|
|Production Manufacturing Manager||Tesla Motors, Inc.||Fremont, CA||Oct 01, 2013||$145,000 -
|Manager, Manufacturing Sciences-Purification||Bayer Healthcare LLC||Berkeley, CA||Sep 02, 2014||$143,500|
|Commodity/Contract Manufacturing Manager||Google Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Oct 30, 2015||$143,000|
|Commodity/Contract Manufacturing Manager||Google Inc.||Palo Alto, CA||Apr 28, 2014||$143,000|
|Center Manufacturing Manager||Schlumberger Technology Corporation||Houston, TX||Jan 24, 2014||$121,000|
|Manager II, Manufacturing||Baxter Healthcare Corporation||Round Lake, IL||Nov 07, 2015||$121,000|
|Manufacturing Manager||DAL-Tile Corporation||Sunnyvale, TX||Sep 12, 2014||$120,474 -
|Contract Manufacturing Manager||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Oct 15, 2014||$120,000|
|Manufacturing Manager||Corning Incorporated||Durham, NC||Sep 13, 2016||$118,316|
|LTC and Manufacturing Manager North America||Normet Americas Inc.||Salt Lake City, UT||Nov 15, 2015||$117,000 -
|Focus Group Manager-Manufacturing Manager||Carefusion Resources, LLC||El Paso, TX||Aug 24, 2016||$116,927|
|Manager Manufacturing Systems||Ventura Foods, LLC||Saginaw, TX||Nov 10, 2014||$115,000|
|LTC and Manufacturing Manager North America||Normet Americas Inc.||Union Grove, WI||Nov 10, 2013||$97,000 -
|Manufacturing Manager||Jireh America, LLC.||Montgomery, AL||Nov 13, 2015||$96,824|
|Manufacturing Manager||Jireh America, LLC.||Montgomery, AL||Aug 05, 2015||$96,824|
|Commodities Manufacturing Manager||Hayward Industries, Inc.||Clemmons, NC||Apr 01, 2014||$96,332|
|Manufacturing Manager||Guard-All Building Solutions Mfg LLC||Dallas, TX||Sep 23, 2015||$96,000|
|Manufacturing Manager||Microboards Technology LLC||Chanhassen, MN||Jan 11, 2016||$95,620|
|Manufacturing Manager||Transmedics, Inc.||Andover, MA||Sep 22, 2014||$95,000 -
|Manufacturing Manager||Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.||Durant, OK||Jun 22, 2013||$92,820|
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