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Working As A Production Control Clerk

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $52,540

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Control Clerk Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Production Control Clerk

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Production Control Clerk Career Paths

Production Control Clerk
Accounts Payable Clerk Billing Specialist Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Finance Analyst Operations Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Production Control Specialist Production Controller Material Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Control Specialist Production Planner Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Control Supervisor Production Control Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Operations Manager Account Executive
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Operator Systems Analyst Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accounting Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Computer Operator Systems Administrator Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Controller Material Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Accountant Finance Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Controller Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Control Supervisor Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Supervisor Distribution Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Production Planner 3.9 years
Control Clerk 3.0 years
Production Clerk 3.0 years
Maintenance Clerk 2.9 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Clerk 6.1%
Cashier 5.3%
Secretary 3.5%
Supervisor 3.1%
Top Employers After
Buyer 3.9%
Cashier 3.1%
Supervisor 2.9%

Production Control Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

66.5%

Male

30.9%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

79.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.3%

German

4.3%

Romanian

4.3%

French

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Tagalog

4.3%
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Production Control Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Central Texas College

9.2%

Trident Technical College

5.9%

Ashford University

5.9%

Strayer University

5.9%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

5.0%

Sullivan University

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.2%

Kaplan University

4.2%

Columbia Southern University

3.4%

Del Mar College

3.4%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%

Villanova University

2.5%

Jefferson Community College

2.5%

Glendale Community College

2.5%

The Academy

2.5%

Webster University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

34.2%

Accounting

9.5%

General Studies

5.2%

Computer Science

4.3%

Management

4.3%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Human Resources Management

4.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

Psychology

3.6%

Supply Chain Management

3.6%

Legal Support Services

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Information Technology

2.9%

Aviation

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.0%

Finance

1.8%

Nursing

1.6%

English

1.6%

Social Work

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

35.6%

Bachelors

26.6%

Associate

19.4%

Masters

8.4%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Production Control Clerk

DepartmentSupervisorsProductionControlStatusReportsProceduresPayrollDataEntryProductionSchedulesLogisticsCustomerServiceProductionReportsCustomerOrdersSafetyAdequateRepairPartsPurchaseOrdersComputerSystemInventoryControlDepartmentProductionRatesSortProductionSheetsMaintenanceManagementSystem

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Top Production Control Clerk Skills

  1. Department Supervisors
  2. Production Control
  3. Status Reports
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed production schedules and conferred with department supervisors to determine material required, or overdue and to locate needed material.
  • Performed operator maintenance of assigned equipment within the Production Control Section.
  • Compile daily and end of month status reports of all aircraft.
  • Explained procedures when necessary in accordance with established policy.
  • Performed a variety of administrative support work (i.e., budget, procurement, written correspondence, payroll, etc.)

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