Production Plant Manager Career

Manufacturing and Production

 
Manufacturing and Production Careers | Production Plant Manager

Production Plant Manager

Career Area: Manufacturing and Production

Occupation Group: Production Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Production Plant Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $73,524

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $73,297

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Directs work and resources needed for a manufacturing production process. Plans and manages production work that meets cost, quality and quantity specifications for a company or project.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina1112+2.2%
Nationwide31061-0.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Production Plant Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Planning (also called forethought) is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Organizational Skills: The ability to use your time, energy, resources, etc. in an effective way so that you achievethe things you want to achieve
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: A Collaboration is a purposeful relationship in which all parties strategically choose to cooperate in order to achieve shared or overlapping objectives.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Production Management: Working experience of Production Management. Production Management refers to the application of management principles to the production function in a factory. In other words, production management involves application of planning, organizing, directing and controlling the production process.
  • Scheduling: A schedule or a timetable, as a basic time-management tool, consists of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place, or of a sequence of events in the chronological order in which such things are intended to take place.
  • Budgeting: A budget is a financial plan for a defined period of time.
  • Quality Assurance and Control: Working experience of Quality Assurance and Control. Quality is meeting the requirement, expectation, and needs of the customer being free from defects or substantial variantion. Quality Assurance is known as QA and focuses on preventing defects whereas Quality Control is known as QC and focuses on identifying defects.
  • Quality Management: Working experience of Quality Management. Quality management ensures that an organization, product or service is consistent. It has four main components: quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and quality improvement. Quality management is focused not only on product and service quality, but also on the means to achieve it. Quality management, therefore, uses quality assurance and control of processes as well as products to achieve more consistent quality.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Production Plant Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Manufacturing Processes: Manufacturing is the production of merchandise for use or sale using labour and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation.
  • Inventory Management: Inventory managementis a discipline primarily about specifying the shape and placement of stocked goods.
  • Employee Relations: Industrial relations is a multidisciplinary field that studies the employment relationship.
  • Employee Training: Employee Training is to improve current or future employee performance by increasing an employee's ability to perform through learning, usually by changing the employee's attitude or increasing his or her skills and knowledge.
  • Food Safety: Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree59%
Master's Degree13%
Doctoral Degree0%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years17%
3 to 5 years53%
6 to 8 years15%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Production Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Superintendent
  • Entry Level Manufacturing
  • Assistant Plant Manager

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