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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Plant Manager||ASCO Aerospace USA LLC||Stillwater, OK||Sep 18, 2013||$194,304|
|Automotive Plant Manager||Littelfuse, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 09, 2016||$191,091|
|Plant Manager||Nobel Biocare Procera LLC||Mahwah, NJ||Dec 02, 2013||$185,000|
|Plant Manager||Nobel Biocare Procera LLC||Mahwah, NJ||Feb 12, 2013||$185,000|
|Plant Manager||Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.||Sterling Heights, MI||Sep 10, 2015||$177,000|
|Plant Manager||Eaton Corporation||El Paso, TX||Aug 10, 2015||$175,490|
|Plant Manager||Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.||Tuscaloosa, AL||Sep 10, 2013||$175,000|
|Plant Manager||Ingersoll Rand Company||Mocksville, NC||Jan 09, 2016||$168,442|
|Plant Manager||Yanfeng Us Automotive Interior Systems I LLC||Plymouth, MI||Aug 29, 2016||$165,131 -
|Plant Manager||Yanfeng Us Automotive Interior Systems I LLC||Fountain Inn, SC||Jan 10, 2016||$165,131 -
|Plant Manager||Ingersoll-Rand Company||Mocksville, NC||Dec 11, 2015||$163,200|
|Plant Manager||Ingersoll Rand Company||Mocksville, NC||Jun 01, 2014||$163,200|
|Plant Manager||Johns Manville||McPherson, KS||Jul 20, 2015||$163,000|
|Plant Manager||Almatis Burnside, Inc.||LA||Jul 20, 2015||$126,000|
|Plant Manager||Zemer International LLC||Midlothian, TX||Oct 30, 2015||$125,278|
|Plant Manager I||DAL-Tile Corporation||Dallas, TX||Jan 11, 2015||$125,133|
|Plant Manager||Enviva Pellets Southampton, LLC||Franklin, VA||Apr 30, 2014||$125,000 -
|Plant Manager||Enviva Holdings, LP||Bethesda, MD||Apr 10, 2014||$125,000 -
|Plant Manager||RSI Home Products Manufacturing, Inc.||Lincolnton, NC||Sep 24, 2015||$125,000 -
|Plant Manager||ZPS America LLC||Indianapolis, IN||Aug 19, 2014||$108,000|
|Plant Manager||Reflex&Allen USA Inc.||IN||Sep 16, 2016||$108,000|
|Plant Manager||Kerry Inc.||Waunakee, WI||Jul 01, 2015||$107,786|
|Plant Manager||Solaris Paper, Inc.||Santa Fe Springs, CA||Sep 17, 2016||$105,726 -
|Plant Startup Manager: Operations & Maintenance||Rockwood Lithium, Inc.||Kings Mountain, NC||Sep 23, 2015||$105,000 -
|Industrial Plant Manager||Roses Southeast Papers, LLC||Sanford, FL||Sep 09, 2013||$105,000|
|Plant Manager/Engineer||Eaton Corporation||Shenandoah, IA||Jul 07, 2014||$103,626 -
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