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Working As A Production Control Specialist

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

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Control Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Production Control Specialist
Production Control Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Production Control Manager Material Manager Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Production Control Manager Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Production Manager Vice President
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Buyer Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Value Stream Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Production Control Supervisor Senior Buyer
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Production Control Supervisor Senior Buyer Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Control Supervisor Materials Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Production Supervisor Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Planner Planning Supervisor
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Production Planner 4.2 years
Master Scheduler 4.2 years
Material Lead 3.8 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Production Control Specialist
Supervisor 7.1%
Buyer 5.9%
Manager 3.8%
Cashier 3.8%
Specialist 3.6%
Internship 3.6%
Top Careers After Production Control Specialist
Buyer 6.2%
Supervisor 4.1%
Manager 4.1%
Cashier 4.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$64,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Campbell, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Production Control Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Production Control Specialist in the United States is $64,618 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $94,000.

Real Production Control Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Control Specialist Tekwissen LLC Austin, TX Jul 03, 2015 $89,088
Production Control Specialist Parker Hannifin Corporation Houston, TX Nov 04, 2013 $75,587 -
$85,000
Production Specialist of QC Dept. JH Industry Inc. Cusseta, AL Sep 15, 2015 $56,349
Production Control Specialist Advanced Steel Technology, Inc. Rome, GA Sep 16, 2015 $56,347
Production Control Specialist M.S. Aerospace, Inc. Selma, CA Sep 15, 2016 $54,413
Production Control Specialist Takao America Corporation Canton, MI Jan 08, 2010 $51,500
Production Control Specialist Viscotec Automotive Products, LLC Morganton, NC Sep 20, 2010 $44,304
Senior Production Control Specialist ASMO Greenville of North Carolina, Inc. Greenville, NC Jan 01, 2011 $43,157
Production Control Specialist Hwashin America Corporation Greenville, AL Sep 13, 2014 $41,621
Production Control Specialist Toyota Boshoku Mississippi LLC Mantachie, MS Oct 01, 2012 $41,000
Production Control Specialist Hwaseung Automotive America Holdings, Inc. Enterprise, AL Sep 17, 2016 $39,500 -
$49,000

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Top Skills for A Production Control Specialist

  1. Multiple Departments
  2. Production Control
  3. Production Schedules
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed inventory auditing and documentation of multiple departments in battalion.
  • Performed routine audits and maintained production control for daily inventory and ensured inventory management system was updated and accurate.
  • Coordinated availability of components and provided disposition of defects to ensure production schedules are accomplished within scheduled parameters.
  • Supported senior management in the liquid level/sensor instrument production with colleague management combined with inventory control and analysis.
  • Generate and maintain manufacturing KPI s compiling material in stock and open purchase orders for AAR-47 production efforts and scheduling.

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Top 10 Best States for Production Control Specialists

  1. Wyoming
  2. New Mexico
  3. Montana
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Maine
  6. Kansas
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Alaska
  9. Indiana
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Production Control Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

55.7%

Female

38.0%

Unknown

6.3%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.7%

Korean

8.1%

French

5.4%

Portuguese

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%
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Production Control Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.8%

Auburn University

9.3%

Michigan State University

6.6%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.5%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.5%

Strayer University

4.9%

Northeastern University

4.9%

Community College of the Air Force

4.4%

Ohio State University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.8%

East Carolina University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Wright State University

3.3%

Purdue University

3.3%

Western Michigan University

3.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.3%

Prince George's Community College

2.7%

Villanova University

2.7%

Wayne State University

2.7%

Tusculum College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

39.9%

Accounting

6.8%

Computer Science

6.0%

Management

6.0%

Supply Chain Management

5.2%

Information Technology

3.9%

Computer Information Systems

3.8%

General Studies

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Marketing

3.1%

Communication

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Operations Management

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.5%

Economics

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Other

24.7%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

10.5%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.2%
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