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Working As A Production Administrator

  • 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

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Administrator 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 Production Administrator

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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Production Administrator Career Paths

Production Administrator
Administrator Office Manager Accounting Manager
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Administrator Office Manager Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Manager Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Office Manager Accounting Manager
Plant Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Team Leader Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Consultant Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Marketing Manager
Marketing Program Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Consultant Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Buyer Analyst Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Buyer Account Manager Account Director
Senior Account Director
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Editor Manager Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner/Operator Food Service Manager
Assistant Food Service Director
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Operations Manager Terminal Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Top Skills for A Production Administrator

  1. Purchase Orders
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review incoming purchase orders, request required drawings and operation procedure documents for production of aerospace components.
  • Utilized information delivery tools, software, and procedures on multiple operating systems in a fast-paced environment.
  • Maintain exceptional relationships with executive teams, performing data entry and developing spreadsheets to improve and inform quality initiatives.
  • Analyzed and revised operation instructions to establish operating procedure and production schedules to meet end user needs.
  • Established new accounts, processed contracts, invoices, payroll, handled all petty cash and expense reports for the shows.

Production Administrator Demographics

Gender

Female

59.3%

Male

30.2%

Unknown

10.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.4%

French

8.5%

Japanese

6.4%

Italian

6.4%

Portuguese

4.3%

Swedish

2.1%

Hawaiian

2.1%

German

2.1%

Amharic

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%
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Production Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

Strayer University

8.2%

New York University

5.1%

Wayne State University

5.1%

New Jersey City University

5.1%

University of Florida

5.1%

Liberty University

5.1%

Wayne County Community College District

4.1%

Henry Ford College

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Lamar University

4.1%

Florida International University

4.1%

Baker College

4.1%

Franklin University

3.1%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.1%

Robert Morris University

3.1%

University of New Orleans

3.1%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.1%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.1%
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Majors

Business

35.7%

Communication

6.2%

Computer Science

6.0%

Accounting

5.6%

Management

4.5%

Marketing

4.5%

Medical Assisting Services

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

English

3.6%

Liberal Arts

3.4%

General Studies

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Project Management

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Psychology

2.1%

Photography

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Management Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.5%

Other

28.1%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

8.6%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.5%
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