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Working As A Manufacturing Technology 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

  • $115,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Manufacturing Technology 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 Technology 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
Top Careers Before Manufacturing Technology Manager
Engineer 3.8%
Top Careers After Manufacturing Technology Manager
Consultant 6.2%
Manager 6.2%
Director 3.9%
Machinist 3.9%
Owner 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$115,000
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$81,000
Min 10%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Median 50%
$164,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
SeaSpine Holdings
Highest Paying City
Menlo Park, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Manufacturing Technology Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Manufacturing Technology Manager in the United States is $115,836 per year or $56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $81,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $164,000.

Real Manufacturing Technology Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Manufacturing Manager Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 15, 2016 $153,483 -
$175,400
Technical Manufacturing Manager Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 05, 2015 $135,510 -
$152,800
Technical Manufacturing Manager Intel Corporation Santa Clara, CA Dec 31, 2014 $135,510 -
$152,800
Manager Parenteral Manufacturing Isolation Technology Bristol Myers Squibb Company Manat, PR Jun 17, 2015 $131,370
Technical Manager/Biologic API Manufacturing Pfizer Inc. Andover, MA Oct 19, 2015 $116,626 -
$155,700
Manufacturing Technical Manager Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Tucson, AZ Oct 31, 2013 $101,926
Technical Manager-Contract Manufacturing (North America) Me Global Inc. Minneapolis, MN May 28, 2015 $96,262
Manufacturing and Technical Manager Xymid, LLC Colonial Heights, VA Jan 01, 2013 $89,000
Manufacturing and Technical Manager Xymid, LLC VA Jan 01, 2010 $89,000
Technical Manager-Contract Manufacturing (North Me Global Inc. Minneapolis, MN Feb 28, 2014 $88,300

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Top Skills for A Manufacturing Technology Manager

  1. Business Development
  2. Process Improvement
  3. Technical Support
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist and support business development efforts, working closely with client and sales staff to ensure business objectives are met.
  • Identified and resolved gaps in manufacturing process; implemented process improvements to increase productivity.
  • Provided direct technical support and training to customer representatives and end users.
  • Generated over $1.5 million annually in implemented productivity, tooling, process and quality cost savings.
  • Recruited to lead start up of manufacturing, planning/distribution, environmental/health/safety compliance, human resources and customer service for China-based operations.

Manufacturing Technology Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Unknown

9.4%

Female

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

11.0%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

German

22.2%

Japanese

11.1%

French

11.1%
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Manufacturing Technology Manager Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

6.8%

University of California - Berkeley

6.8%

Villanova University

6.8%

Ball State University

6.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

Ohio University -

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.5%

Temple University

4.5%

Robert Morris University

4.5%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Averett University

4.5%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.5%

Ferris State University

4.5%

University of Arizona

4.5%

University of California - Irvine

4.5%

Northwestern University

4.5%

Cornell University

4.5%
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Majors

Business

26.2%

Electrical Engineering

10.6%

Chemical Engineering

8.5%

Industrial Engineering

8.5%

Mechanical Engineering

7.1%

Biology

5.0%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Chemistry

4.3%

Engineering And Industrial Management

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.8%

Accounting

2.1%

Management

2.1%

Drafting And Design

1.4%

Computer Science

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Computer Engineering

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.5%

Masters

27.0%

Other

19.5%

Associate

5.9%

Doctorate

4.9%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

1.1%
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