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Working As A Production Controller

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

  • $46,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Controller 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 Controller

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 Controller Demographics

Gender

Male

64.2%

Female

34.2%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.3%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.1%

Japanese

9.8%

German

8.0%

French

5.4%

Russian

4.5%

Italian

3.6%

Chinese

2.7%

Vietnamese

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Portuguese

1.8%

Thai

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Khmer

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Hawaiian

0.9%

Indonesian

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Armenian

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Korean

0.9%
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Production Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.9%

Community College of the Air Force

8.8%

Ashford University

7.3%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.0%

Central Texas College

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Ohio State University

3.8%

Troy University

3.8%

Weber State University

3.8%

Villanova University

3.4%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

Liberty University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Mississippi State University

3.1%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.1%

Columbia Southern University

2.7%

Del Mar College

2.7%

Auburn University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

41.4%

Management

6.3%

Computer Science

5.7%

Accounting

5.3%

Supply Chain Management

3.4%

Electrical Engineering

3.3%

Aviation

3.2%

General Studies

3.1%

Project Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Finance

2.8%

Industrial Engineering

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Information Technology

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Aerospace Engineering

2.0%

Communication

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.3%

Other

25.5%

Masters

15.6%

Associate

14.5%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Production Controller Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Controller Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. Menomonee Falls, WI Dec 20, 2010 $95,000
Production Controller KR Intercorp, Inc. New York, NY Oct 05, 2016 $83,230
Production Controller/Network Administrator Kumar Industries Inc. Chino, CA Nov 29, 2009 $82,400
Industrial Production Controller KTI Incorporated DBA Rialto Concrete Products Rialto, CA Dec 19, 2014 $60,050
Industrial Production Controler Rialto Concrete Products Rialto, CA Oct 01, 2014 $60,050
Planning Production Control Cutrale Citrus Juices USA, Inc. Auburndale, FL Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Production Controller Jack Engle & Co. Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2011 $58,000
Production Controller Jack Engle & Co. Los Angeles, CA Sep 10, 2012 $58,000
Designer/Production Controller Drifters Industries, Inc. Compton, CA Apr 01, 2012 $51,465
Designer/Production Controller Drifters Industries, Inc. CO Oct 01, 2012 $51,465
Designer/Production Controller Atlantic Representation, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Jan 10, 2016 $45,413
Textile Production Controller Katie K., Inc. Vernon, CA Jul 07, 2015 $40,643
Designer/Production Controller Atlantic Representations, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Oct 01, 2015 $39,465
Designer/Production Controller Atlantic Representations, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Oct 01, 2014 $39,465
Designer/Production Controller Atlantic Representations, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Oct 01, 2013 $38,443
Designer/Production Controller Checkmate King Co., Ltd. Walnut, CA Oct 30, 2009 $37,608 -
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Designer/Production Controller Rag's Style Los Angeles, CA Nov 09, 2009 $37,608 -
$18
Designer/Production Controller Atlantic Representations, Inc. Santa Fe Springs, CA Oct 01, 2010 $37,608 -
$18

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Top Skills for A Production Controller

DepartmentSupervisorsStatusChangesProceduresProductionSchedulesSafetyLogisticsPurchaseInventoryControlDataEntryCustomerServiceRawMaterialsProductionPlanningDepotERPMRPAircraftMaintenanceShopFloorCorrectiveActionSupportEquipmentInventoryLevels

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Top Production Controller Skills

  1. Department Supervisors
  2. Status Changes
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Communicate with department supervisors and procurement on a daily basis.
  • Update status changes on all military equipment that in action and make reports that can be viewed statewide.
  • Plan and implement procedures and systems to maximize operating efficiency.
  • Coordinated production schedules and managed inventory of raw materials while we were increasing capacity by 100%.
  • Administer critical performance goals to meet safety, quality, delivery, and cost targets.

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