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Industrial Production Managers

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

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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:
  • Set and monitor product standards, examining samples of raw products or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality.
  • Direct or coordinate production, processing, distribution, or marketing activities of industrial organizations.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Business
  • management
  • customer service
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Distributed control system DCS
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software Hot Technology
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects Hot Technology
  • YouTube Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • NetSuite ERP Hot Technology
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$108,790
$67,100
$181,220
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