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Working As A Project Manager-Manufacturing

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $101,607

    Average Salary

What Does A Project Manager-Manufacturing Do

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:

  • Decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems

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.

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How To Become A Project Manager-Manufacturing

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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Average Length of Employment
Project Manager 3.4 years
Top Employers Before
Manager 3.4%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 2.7%
Director 2.5%

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Project Manager-Manufacturing Demographics

Gender

Male

81.4%

Female

16.1%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Asian

10.7%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.5%

French

13.5%

German

10.8%

Portuguese

8.1%

Mandarin

8.1%

Chinese

5.4%

Indonesian

2.7%

Cantonese

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Italian

2.7%
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Project Manager-Manufacturing Education

Schools

Pennsylvania State University

10.3%

Purdue University

9.2%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

Arizona State University

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

5.7%

University of Washington

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

National University

4.6%

Villanova University

4.6%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Miami Dade College

3.4%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Western Washington University

3.4%

Lawrence Technological University

3.4%

University of Delaware

3.4%
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Majors

Business

28.9%

Mechanical Engineering

10.8%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Management

6.1%

Project Management

6.1%

Industrial Technology

5.8%

Industrial Engineering

4.7%

Chemical Engineering

3.8%

Manufacturing Engineering

3.2%

Finance

3.2%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.9%

Computer Science

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Chemistry

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Drafting And Design

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Pharmacy

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.7%

Masters

32.1%

Other

16.6%

Certificate

4.7%

Associate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.8%

License

0.2%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Project Manager-Manufacturing Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Manager, Manufacturing Automation Baxalta Us Inc. Los Angeles, CA Feb 05, 2016 $132,400 -
$144,000
Manager Manufacturing Projects BIC Graphic USA (Division of BIC USA Inc.) Clearwater, FL Aug 27, 2013 $116,605 -
$120,000
Project Manager, Manufacturing Automation Baxter Healthcare Corporation Los Angeles, CA May 28, 2015 $115,020
Project Manager, Manufacturing Automation Baxalta Us Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $115,020
Project Manager, Manufacturing Stryker Orthopaedics Mahwah, NJ Aug 09, 2016 $113,743
Project Manager, Manufacturing Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 07, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
Manufacturing Project Manager Sunpower Corporation Austin, TX Mar 08, 2014 $100,000
Project Manager-Manufacturing Engineering Smith & Nephew, Inc. (Orthopaedics Division) Memphis, TN Aug 25, 2011 $95,127
Manager-Manufacturing Projects Star Pipe Products Ltd. Houston, TX Feb 28, 2013 $95,000
Manufacturing Project Manager Sunpower Corporation Austin, TX Apr 02, 2012 $95,000
Manufacturing Project Manager Star Pipe Products Ltd. Houston, TX Jan 08, 2015 $93,766
Project Management Manager-Manufacturing Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 29, 2016 $91,600 -
$112,800
Manufacturing Project Manager Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jan 09, 2015 $91,600 -
$112,800
Manufacturing Project Manager Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 01, 2015 $91,600 -
$112,800
Project Manager Senior Manufacturing Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 01, 2015 $91,600 -
$134,400
Project Manager, Manufacturing Outsourcing Human Genome Sciences, Inc. Rockville, MD Nov 01, 2010 $88,667
Project Manager-Manufacturing Engineering Smith & Nephew, Inc. (Orthopaedics Division) Memphis, TN Feb 07, 2011 $86,784
Project Manager-Manufacturing Engineering Smith & Nephew, Inc. (Orthopaedics Division) Memphis, TN Aug 01, 2009 $85,500
Project Manager-Global Conveyor Manufacturing & Beumer Corporation Kansas City, MO Oct 01, 2011 $81,182
Project Manager-Manufacturing Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Dec 30, 2015 $75,600 -
$97,500

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Top Skills for A Project Manager-Manufacturing

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  1. Project Management
  2. Product Development
  3. Production Facility
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  • Utilized PMP based project management skills to deliver unique products which reduced errors and improved stakeholder communications.
  • Directed company's strategic product development and engineering initiatives.
  • Managed a production facility engaged in manufacturing electric vehicle batteries.
  • Initiate and implement manufacturing process improvements and resolve manufacturing problems using Lean / 6-Sigma data analysis techniques.
  • Spearheaded the development and implementation of process improvements improving overall quality of product quality.

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