Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Production Manager


Business and Economics Department

Production Manager

Job Description:   

Supervises production in a manufacturing setting. Responsible for manufacturing engineers, production associates, machine operators, and     other plant equipment operators. Coordinates production scheduling, quality control, labor requirements, material requirements, and finished goods inventory. Manages costs within the production department.

Related Positions:      

Operations Manager, Production Coordinator

Key Duties:

  • Manages production personnel: machine operators and supervisors
  • Employs Total Quality Management (TQM) to improve product quality
  • Coordinates with Materials Department to schedule daily production
  • Forecasts future production needs: labor and raw materials
  • Plans and oversees preventive maintenance on plant machinery

Required Skills:

Ability to interact and manage people; scheduling and forecasting abilities; knowledge of statistical process control and other TQM techniques; self motivated; understanding of role in the overall corporate goals.

Salaries:       

Salaries vary widely based on experience, level of responsibility, and geographic location. An entry level Production Manager may earn in the mid $30,000 range. Production Managers earn an average salary of $54,430. Senior Production Managers can expect to earn as much as $80,000 per year.

Career Path:           

Many people work two to four years as an Operations Planner/Analyst, Team Leader or Production Coordinator prior to becoming a Production Manager. Success as a Production Manager may lead to Plant Manager.

Quotes:         

"We make things happen!!"

"Production provides opportunities and challenges that make you want to come to work each day."

"You need people skills and a little street smart's to deal with the operators on their level."

"It feels good to be able to look and see what we made that day."


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