An industrial production manager oversees the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They monitor the plant’s workers to ensure they meet safety standards. These production managers plan, direct, and coordinate the activities used to make a large assortment of goods, like paper products, cars, or computer equipment. This manager works closely with other managers and communicates with sales, warehousing, and research and design.
How to Become an Industrial Production Manager
Industrial production managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree and it’s usually in business administration or industrial engineering. Employers looking to hire candidates with more site responsibility in larger plants may prefer you to have a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) or a graduate degree in industrial management.
Those who come directly from earning a BS degree often start as first line supervisors. As they gain experience they move up to the production manager’s position. However, some industries may sponsor training programs for new grads that include hands-on experience in addition to classroom instruction. Industrial production managers must have leadership and interpersonal skills to supervise manufacturing employees. Some industrial production managers begin their career as production workers and move up through the ranks and earn a college degree in business management and/or take company-sponsored classes to increase their chances of promotion.
Certifications can also be gained through the Association for Operations Management and is known as Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). In addition, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers several certifications in quality control that can be beneficial as well. However, both of these certifications require work experience, so these certifications are not generally earned before entering this occupation.
Job Description of an Industrial Production Manager
Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They determine how best to use equipment and plant workers to meet production goals while ensuring that production stays within budget and on schedule. They hire, train, and evaluate workers. They analyzes production data, write production reports, and streamline the production process.
An industrial production manager monitors the plant’s workers to ensure performance and safety requirements are met. They decide on the need for overtime and whether new equipment or machines are necessary. They fix any production problems that occur and makes sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. He or she communicates and works closely with other managers and departments to keep production moving as smoothly as possible. An industrial production manager may oversee a specific area of production or an entire manufacturing plant.
Career Satisfaction and Research
O*NET OnLine reports that this career allows individuals to work on their own and make decisions. This career is also listed as having good working conditions as well as a career with job security. Last, this career allows people to work with others in a non-competitive, friendly environment.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Industrial Production Managers.
National Center for O*NET Development. 11-3051.00. O*NET OnLine.