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Become A Plant Manager

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Working As A Plant 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

  • $115,333

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant Manager Do

A plant manager is responsible for managing and organizing the daily operations of a manufacturing plant and its production and manufacturing to ensure that products are made to specifications efficiently and cost-effectively.

How To Become A Plant Manager

Industrial production managers typically need a bachelor’s degree and several years of related work experience.


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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Real Plant Manager Salaries

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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Top Skills for A Plant Manager


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Top Plant Manager Skills

  1. Safety Program
  2. Production Facility
  3. Supervise
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created comprehensive environmental, health and safety program to gain compliance with major chemical company contract plant requirements.
  • Plant Manager/Pozzi Window Responsible for all activities at the main production facility in Bend, OR.
  • Supervised and motivated staff and management.
  • Work with Quality Assurance departments to ensure the product quality, to maintain engineering specification and promote continuous improvement activities.
  • Utilized the principles of Lean Manufacturing and 5S in order to improve quality, safety, material flow and on-time delivery.

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