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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

  • $88,000

    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

61.9%

Female

36.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.4%

German

10.0%

Japanese

8.6%

French

7.1%

Vietnamese

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Thai

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Swedish

1.4%

Khmer

1.4%

Bulgarian

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Indonesian

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%
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Production Controller Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.7%

Community College of the Air Force

10.8%

Ashford University

8.9%

Kaplan University

5.7%

American InterContinental University

5.1%

Troy University

4.4%

Weber State University

4.4%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

3.8%

Central Texas College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Grantham University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Del Mar College

3.2%

Craven Community College

3.2%

Ohio State University

3.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Strayer University

3.2%

Mississippi State University

3.2%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

2.5%

Columbia Southern University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

38.6%

Management

6.6%

Accounting

6.4%

Computer Science

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.0%

Supply Chain Management

4.0%

General Studies

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Aviation

3.3%

Computer Information Systems

3.3%

Project Management

2.5%

Education

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Information Technology

2.1%

Automotive Technology

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Psychology

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.4%

Other

26.8%

Associate

15.8%

Masters

12.1%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.5%
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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 Controler Rialto Concrete Products Rialto, CA Oct 01, 2014 $60,050
Industrial Production Controller KTI Incorporated DBA Rialto Concrete Products Rialto, CA Dec 19, 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 -
$18
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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Production Controller

Average Yearly Salary
$88,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$88,000
Median 50%
$130,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
BAE Systems Inc
Highest Paying City
Daly City, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Production Controller make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Production Controller in the United States is $88,593 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $130,000.

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Top Skills for A Production Controller

  1. Department Supervisors
  2. Control Procedures
  3. Production Schedules
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Streamline production procedures for manufacturing plant and coordinate with department supervisors to determine progress on various projects.
  • Analyzed repair methods and developed control procedures to meet priorities by anticipating problems before issues arose.
  • Conferred with production personnel to resolve problems affecting production schedules and took management direction.
  • Maintained operational production control for Patriot Missile from raw materials phase to final product completion.
  • Verified and reconciled supply requirements and status with Logistics personnel ensuring timely and accurate support of equipment and systems maintenance.

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Top 10 Best States for Production Controllers

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  2. New Mexico
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Connecticut
  5. Wyoming
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Indiana
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