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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:
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.
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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University of Phoenix22.1%
Fashion Institute of Technology8.2%
Rochester Institute of Technology5.0%
New York University5.0%
Michigan State University4.7%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
Full Sail University3.7%
Iowa State University3.7%
Ohio State University3.6%
Ball State University3.6%
Indiana Wesleyan University3.3%
University of Central Florida3.2%
West Virginia University3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|LNG Production Manager||Cheniere Energy, Inc.||Cameron, LA||Jul 13, 2015||$285,000|
|Production Manager||Cheniere Energy, Inc.||Cameron, LA||Oct 26, 2015||$285,000|
|LNG Production Manager||Cheniere Energy, Inc.||Cameron, LA||Jul 20, 2015||$240,000|
|Production Manager||SEM Operating Company LLC||Tyler, TX||Sep 25, 2015||$171,780|
|Regulatory Reporting Production Manager||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 06, 2015||$155,000|
|Production Manager (Photo/Video)||Susan Vessio, Inc. DBA Geared Graphix||Garden City, NY||Feb 04, 2015||$148,200|
|Production Manager||Yuma Energy, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 20, 2015||$146,500|
|Production Manager||Ethosenergy Light Turbines, LLC||Houston, TX||Sep 04, 2015||$146,474|
|Production Manager||Ethosenergy Light Turbines, LLC||Houston, TX||Jul 03, 2016||$146,474|
|Production Manager||Vibrant Sciences LLC||San Carlos, CA||Jul 11, 2016||$140,000|
|Procurement and Production Manager||Northstar Ceramic Trading, LLC||Dallas, TX||Apr 03, 2015||$137,821|
|Production Manager, Corona Sunsets||SFX Entertainment, Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 09, 2016||$137,000|
|Production Manager||Tungsten Heavy Powder, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Sep 14, 2015||$135,000|
|Principle Market Production Manager||Vodafone Us Inc.||New York, NY||Jul 24, 2015||$135,000|
|Production Manager||4Step Communications, Inc.||Franklin, TN||Feb 04, 2015||$94,432 -
|Production Manager||Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||Apr 27, 2015||$93,787|
|Production Manager||National Oilwell Varco, L.P.||Houston, TX||Jan 10, 2015||$93,704|
|Production Manager||Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc.||Ocala, FL||Sep 11, 2015||$92,800 -
|Production Manager||Fluid Routing Solutions, Inc.||Ocala, FL||Sep 05, 2015||$92,800 -
|Production Manager||Justfabulous, Inc.||El Segundo, CA||Jul 25, 2016||$92,352|
|Production Manager--ASR||Batteries Plus, LLC||Hartland, WI||Jul 05, 2016||$92,129|
|Production Manager||Mystic, Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 01, 2015||$92,000|
|Theatre Production Manager||The University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Sep 12, 2016||$76,000|
|New Production Introduction & Technoloby Manager||Glaxosmithkline Consumer Healthcare L.P.||Durham, NY||Jun 13, 2015||$76,000 -
|Theatre Production Manager||The University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||Dec 09, 2016||$76,000|
|Production Manager||Boiling Point Media||Oklahoma City, OK||Jun 25, 2015||$75,920|
|Logistics & Production Manager||Tigre-Ads USA Inc.||Janesville, WI||Jul 20, 2015||$75,483|
|Production Manager||Amneal Pharmaceuticals of Ny LLC||Brookhaven, NY||Sep 14, 2016||$75,400|
|Production Manager||North Six, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 07, 2015||$75,000|
|Lean Engineering Production Manager||Morgan Truck Body LLC||Denver, PA||May 04, 2015||$75,000 -
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