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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 Phoenix24.6%
Indiana Wesleyan University6.7%
Michigan State University6.3%
Pennsylvania State University4.9%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.8%
Eastern Michigan University4.3%
Ohio State University3.7%
Texas A&M University3.5%
University of Toledo3.4%
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Southern New Hampshire University2.9%
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|Engineering Quality Manager||Intel Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Aug 17, 2015||$187,970 -
|Quality Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Sep 14, 2015||$160,000|
|Manager, Quality Automation||Truecar, Inc.||Santa Monica, CA||Oct 10, 2016||$155,000|
|Quality Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||May 09, 2016||$155,000|
|Customer Quality Manager||Infineon Technologies Americas Corp.||Morgan Hill, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$154,345|
|Quality Manager||Howmedica Osteonics Corp/Stryker Ortho||Allendale, NJ||Dec 16, 2015||$146,806|
|Field Quality Manager||Linear Technology Corporation||Milpitas, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$145,392|
|Quality Manager III||A2Z Development Center, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 24, 2015||$140,000|
|Manager, Quality||Salesforce.Com Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Apr 18, 2016||$138,362|
|Business Line Quality Manager||Infineon Technologies Americas Corp.||Morgan Hill, CA||Sep 08, 2016||$136,979|
|Quality Manager||Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.||Chandler, AZ||Nov 28, 2016||$136,531 -
|Quality Manager||Populus Group LLC||Beaverton, OR||Sep 26, 2016||$135,655|
|Quality Manager||Amazon Corporate LLC||Seattle, WA||Apr 15, 2016||$135,500|
|Quality Asurance Manager||IBM Corporation||Emeryville, CA||Oct 28, 2016||$135,000 -
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|Quality Manager||Premier Brands of America, Inc.||Mount Vernon, NY||Jan 30, 2015||$102,814|
|Quality Manager||Graycor Construction Company, Inc.||Oakbrook Terrace, IL||Jul 16, 2015||$102,000|
|Quality & Industrial Excellence (QIE) Manager||Alstom Grid, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||Mar 21, 2016||$101,858 -
|Quality Manager||CCC Information Services Inc.||Chicago, IL||Jul 22, 2016||$101,774 -
|Service Quality Manager||DHL Express (USA), Inc.||Irvine, CA||Aug 15, 2015||$101,699|
|Design Quality Manager||Moen Incorporated||North Olmsted, OH||Sep 21, 2016||$88,213 -
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|Quality & Lean SIX Sigma Manager||Ifs Coatings, Inc.||Gainesville, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$88,000|
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|Quality Manager||Shawmut Corporation||Clinton, TN||Sep 22, 2015||$87,000|
|Quality Manager||Shawmut Corporation||Clinton, TN||Nov 09, 2016||$87,000|
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