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Industrial Production Manager
They make sure that production meets output and quality goals while remaining within budget.
The Job
They may determine which machines will be used, whether new machines need to be purchased, whether overtime or extra shifts are necessary, and what the sequence of production will be. They monitor the production run to make sure that it stays on schedule and correct any problems that may arise.Industrial production managers also monitor product standards and implement quality control programs. They make sure the finished product meets a certain level of quality, and if not, they try to find out what the problem is and find a solution.
Work Environment
Most industrial production managers divide their time between production areas and their offices. While in the production area, they must follow established health and safety practices.
College Majors
business administration, management, industrial technology, or industrial engineering.
Minimum Qualifications
Because of the diversity of manufacturing operations and job requirements, there is no standard preparation for this occupation. Most employers prefer to hire workers with a college degree. Experience in some part of production operations is also usually required.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Well-rounded and have excellent communication skills. Strong computer skills are also essential.
Quick Facts
  • Industrial production managers coordinate all the people and equipment involved in the manufacturing process.
  • Most employers prefer to hire workers with a college degree; experience in some part of production operations is also usually required.
  • Employment is expected to decline as overall employment in manufacturing declines.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages for industrial production managers were $83,290 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $64,390 and $108,710. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,330, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $140,530.
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