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Industrial Production Managers

Also called: Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager, Production Control Manager, Production Manager

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Aircraft Production Officer; CWO - Electronics Technician, Surface; CWO - Ordnance Technician, Surface; Depot Maintenance Production Officer; LDO - Engineering/Repair, Surface; LDO - Ordnance, Aviation; Production Engineering Officer; RL - Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer - Aerospace Engineering; Shop Production Officer; URL - Aviation, Rating Terminated; Yard Production Officer

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
On the job, you would:
  • Review processing schedules or production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, or duty assignments, considering budgetary limitations and time constraints.
  • Direct or coordinate production, processing, distribution, or marketing activities of industrial organizations.
  • Develop or implement production tracking or quality control systems, analyzing production, quality control, maintenance, or other operational reports, to detect production problems.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
  • management
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
Resource Management
  • managing your time and the time of other people
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Citect IIM
  • Marel production system MPS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Scadex Technologies MAESTRO
Human resources software
  • Clockware software
  • Computer integrated manufacturing CIM time manager software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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