Industrial Production Manager
Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment or paper products. Industrial production managers typically decide how best to use a plant’s workers and equipment to meet production goals, ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget, monitor a plant’s workers to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements, and create ways to make the production process more efficient. Depending on the size of the manufacturing plant, industrial production managers may oversee the entire plant or just one area of it.TCC programs that are right for you:
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Industrial production managers split their time between the production area and a nearby office. When they are working in the production area, they may have to wear protective equipment such as a helmet or safety goggles. Most industrial production managers work full-time, and many work long hours. In some facilities, managers work night or weekend shifts and must be on call to deal with emergencies at any time of day.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of industrial production managers is projected to grow 9 percent between 2010 and 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Most of these managers are employed in various manufacturing industries, which are expected to decline as manufacturing continues to experience foreign competition. In addition, the manufacturing process is becoming more automated, which is expected to cause job declines in the field. However, because managers coordinate the work of both workers and machines, their employment is not expected to decline as fast as overall manufacturing employment.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.