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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

  • $119,246

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant 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 Plant 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
Plant Manager 6.0 years
Area Plant Manager 4.7 years
Factory Manager 4.1 years
Production Manager 4.1 years
Assembly Manager 3.6 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 5.1%
Supervisor 4.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 4.2%
Owner 4.1%
Consultant 3.2%
President 2.5%
Supervisor 2.2%
Director 2.0%

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Plant Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

91.8%

Female

6.5%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

82.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.7%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.6%

German

7.4%

French

6.2%

Japanese

5.0%

Chinese

3.6%

Arabic

2.9%

Mandarin

2.6%

Russian

2.2%

Carrier

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

Portuguese

1.7%

Hindi

1.4%

Dakota

1.2%

Urdu

1.0%

Korean

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Swahili

0.5%

Cherokee

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Lingala

0.5%
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Plant Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.1%

Purdue University

10.0%

Michigan State University

5.7%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.6%

Mississippi State University

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Auburn University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of Toledo

4.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

West Virginia University

3.8%

Clemson University

3.5%

Kansas State University

3.1%

North Carolina State University

3.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.0%

University of Kentucky

3.0%

University of Alabama

2.9%

Iowa State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

42.8%

Management

8.2%

Mechanical Engineering

6.7%

Industrial Technology

4.2%

Industrial Engineering

4.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Chemical Engineering

3.4%

Accounting

3.2%

Finance

2.8%

Operations Management

2.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Engineering

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.9%

Chemistry

1.8%

General Studies

1.7%

Marketing

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Other

24.5%

Masters

22.1%

Associate

7.1%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.2%
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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 -
$221,800
Plant Manager Yanfeng Us Automotive Interior Systems I LLC Fountain Inn, SC Jan 10, 2016 $165,131 -
$221,800
Plant Manager Ingersoll Rand Company Mocksville, NC Jun 01, 2014 $163,200
Plant Manager Ingersoll-Rand Company Mocksville, NC Dec 11, 2015 $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 Holdings, LP Bethesda, MD Apr 10, 2014 $125,000 -
$145,000
Plant Manager Enviva Pellets Southampton, LLC Franklin, VA Apr 30, 2014 $125,000 -
$145,000
Plant Manager RSI Home Products Manufacturing, Inc. Lincolnton, NC Sep 24, 2015 $125,000 -
$145,000
Plant Manager Grupo Antolin Kentucky, Inc. Hopkinsville, KY Sep 17, 2013 $110,000
Plant Manager Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc. Belvidere, IL Sep 12, 2014 $110,000 -
$130,000
Plant Manager Peed Equipment Company Perris, CA Jan 15, 2015 $110,000
Plant Manager Pexco LLC Huntington Beach, CA Sep 01, 2015 $110,000 -
$135,000
Plant Manager-Rail CPG International LLC Wilmington, OH Aug 09, 2016 $110,000 -
$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

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Top Skills for A Plant Manager

SafetyProgramProductionFacilitySuperviseProductQualityOn-TimeDeliveryPPlantOperationsHumanResourcesOshaRawMaterialsCustomerServiceContinuousImprovementDirectReportsProductionSchedulesLogisticsInventoryControlProcessImprovementsLossSigmaAnnualSales

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  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.
  • Provided overall leadership, profit/loss accountability, and daily management for the industrial uniform and linen production facility.
  • Supervised and motivated staff and management.
  • Provided leadership to drive continuous improvement in process reliability, product quality and operating cost.
  • Utilized the principles of Lean Manufacturing and 5S in order to improve quality, safety, material flow and on-time delivery.

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