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Working As A Manufacturing Program 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

  • $112,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Program 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 Manufacturing Program 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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Manager 3.6%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Program Manager
Manager 3.3%

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Manufacturing Program Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

77.5%

Female

14.9%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Asian

10.8%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

45.5%

Chinese

13.6%

German

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

French

4.5%

Greek

4.5%

Persian

4.5%

Russian

4.5%
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Manufacturing Program Manager Education

Schools

San Jose State University

12.2%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

Purdue University

7.1%

Northeastern University

6.1%

University of Texas at Austin

6.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

5.1%

George Washington University

5.1%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.1%

North Carolina State University

4.1%

Arizona State University

4.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

Clemson University

4.1%

Duke University

4.1%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

4.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

University of Chicago

4.1%

Texas A&M University

3.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%
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Majors

Business

27.2%

Mechanical Engineering

12.3%

Industrial Engineering

8.2%

Management

7.9%

Electrical Engineering

6.7%

Industrial Technology

5.0%

Project Management

4.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.8%

Engineering

3.5%

Finance

3.2%

Manufacturing Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.0%

Operations Management

2.0%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Supply Chain Management

1.8%

Computer Science

1.2%

Systems Engineering

1.2%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

41.4%

Bachelors

38.4%

Other

12.6%

Associate

3.4%

Certificate

2.8%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$78,000
Min 10%
$112,000
Median 50%
$112,000
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$112,000
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$112,000
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$112,000
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$161,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Manufacturing Program Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Program Manager in the United States is $112,442 per year or $54 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $161,000.

Real Manufacturing Program Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manufacturing Program Manager Verily Life Sciences, LLC South San Francisco, CA Apr 29, 2016 $149,000
Manufacturing Program Manager Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 15, 2015 $135,000
Manager Program Manufacturing Stewart & Stevenson LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $130,000
Program Manager-German Original Equipment Manufacturers Illinois Tool Works LaGrange, GA Jun 07, 2016 $110,000
Manufacturing Program Manager GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI May 27, 2015 $101,000 -
$111,000
Manufacturing Program Manager GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI May 27, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Program Manager, Manufacturing Omnicell, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 25, 2010 $95,000
Program Manager, Manufacturing Omnicell, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 27, 2010 $95,000
Manufacturing Program Manager GE Medical Systems, LLC Waukesha, WI May 28, 2012 $95,000 -
$100,000
Program Manager-Manufacturing Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Nov 23, 2015 $90,064
Program Manager-Manufacturing Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Nov 20, 2015 $90,064
Program Manager-Manufacturing Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Dec 17, 2015 $90,064
Program Manager-Manufacturing Tesla Motorsinc Fremont, CA Apr 27, 2016 $84,926 -
$130,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Neillsville, WI Sep 15, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 15, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Ladson, SC Sep 15, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Cookeville, TN Sep 19, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Sep 19, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Ladson, SC Sep 19, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Sep 19, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Sep 15, 2014 $61,000 -
$74,300
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 22, 2011 $59,301 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Aug 22, 2011 $58,677 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Ladson, SC Sep 15, 2012 $58,386 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 15, 2012 $58,386 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Seymour, IN Sep 15, 2012 $57,500 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Lakewood, NY Jan 09, 2012 $57,500 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Neillsville, WI Jul 25, 2012 $57,500 -
$70,000
Manufacturing Development Program Cummins Inc. Lakewood, NY Jul 25, 2012 $57,500 -
$70,000

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Program Manager

  1. Production Control
  2. Supplier Quality
  3. Cost Savings
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  • Supervised a five-person Purchasing/Production Control team supporting StorageTek's re-manufacturing facility.
  • Adapted cost center purchasing practices to a supplier quality management program saving 14% of costs.
  • Implemented Cost down initiatives yielding average of $3M/Yr cost savings combining parts & labor cost reductions.
  • Developed and executed long-range plans, manufacturing cost reductions and process improvements.
  • Utilized Principles of Project Management to manage projects.

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