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Working As A Plant Superintendent

  • 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

  • $93,940

    Average Salary

What Does A Plant Superintendent 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 Superintendent

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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Plant Superintendent Demographics

Gender

Male

94.4%

Female

3.8%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

82.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

88.9%

German

7.4%

Carrier

3.7%

Plant Superintendent Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.9%

Auburn University

6.8%

Kansas State University

6.3%

Purdue University

6.3%

Iowa State University

5.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.8%

University of Toledo

4.8%

North Carolina State University

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

University of Akron

3.4%

Youngstown State University

3.4%

Bellevue University

3.4%

Tennessee Technological University

2.9%

Baker College

2.9%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

2.9%
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Majors

Business

43.6%

Management

7.2%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Industrial Technology

5.1%

Industrial Engineering

3.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Operations Management

3.0%

Education

2.7%

Chemical Engineering

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.3%

General Studies

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Biology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.7%

Other

26.9%

Masters

16.6%

Associate

9.0%

Certificate

5.1%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Plant Superintendent Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tailings Facility & Filtering Plant SR. Superintendent Rosemont Copper Joint Venture Tucson, AZ Oct 15, 2015 $140,000
Plant Superintendent Rio Grande Mining Company Marfa, TX Feb 18, 2011 $122,533 -
$150,000
Plant Superintendent Rio Grande Mining Company Marfa, TX Sep 16, 2013 $120,000
Plant Superintendent Georgia-Pacific Wood Products LLC Warm Springs, GA Oct 19, 2013 $100,000 -
$120,000
Lignite Plant Support Superintendent Oak Grove Management Company LLC Franklin, TX Dec 13, 2016 $95,000 -
$135,000
Lignite Plant Support Superintendent Luminant Power Services Company Franklin, TX Dec 13, 2016 $95,000 -
$135,000
Lignite Plant Support Superintendent Luminant Power Services Company Franklin, TX Mar 23, 2016 $95,000 -
$120,000
Lignite Plant Superintendent, Production Luminant Power Services Company Tatum, TX Jan 15, 2015 $95,000 -
$120,000
Plant Superintendent Unimin Corporation Kasota, MN Feb 20, 2013 $91,000 -
$102,357
Lignite Plant Superintedent, Production Luminant Power Services Company Tatum, TX Apr 15, 2014 $88,400 -
$138,400
Lignite Plant Superintendent, Production Luminant Power Services Company Franklin, TX Sep 01, 2014 $88,400 -
$138,400
Plant Superintendent Calera Corporation Moss Landing, CA Feb 01, 2011 $86,275
Plant Superintendent Calera Corporation Moss Landing, CA Mar 01, 2011 $86,275

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Top Skills for A Plant Superintendent

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Top Plant Superintendent Skills

  1. Plant Safety
  2. Production Supervisors
  3. Entire Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented all plant safety, operation and maintenance procedures.
  • Supervised Production Supervisors, Plant Service Personnel, 45 production employees, resolved conflicts, and determined salary advancement.
  • Coordinate production schedule for entire facility.
  • Communicate information between Engineers/Project Managers and plant personnel.
  • Formulated, recommended and implemented policies and procedures relating to safety, quality, environmental and shipping/receiving.

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