Industrial Production Managers

Business Management & Administration > Operations Management

Projected Growth: Little or no change

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.

Common job titles of Industrial Production Managers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 42.38% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 30.32% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Review operations and confer with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.

    Review processing schedules or production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, or duty assignments, considering budgetary limitations and time constraints.

    Develop or implement production tracking or quality control systems, analyzing production, quality control, maintenance, or other operational reports to detect production problems.

    Prepare and maintain production reports or personnel records.

    Develop budgets or approve expenditures for supplies, materials, or human resources, ensuring that materials, labor, or equipment are used efficiently to meet production targets.

    Initiate or coordinate inventory or cost control programs.

    Set and monitor product standards, examining samples of raw products or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality.

    Direct or coordinate production, processing, distribution, or marketing activities of industrial organizations.

    Review plans and confer with research or support staff to develop new products or processes.

    Negotiate materials prices with suppliers.

    Maintain current knowledge of the quality control field, relying on current literature pertaining to materials use, technological advances, or statistical studies.

    Coordinate or recommend procedures for facility or equipment maintenance or modification, including the replacement of machines.

    Institute employee suggestion or involvement programs.

    Hire, train, evaluate, or discharge staff or resolve personnel grievances.


Vernier calipers

Taper gauges

Tape measures

Tablet computers



Personal digital assistants PDA

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Personal computers

Notebook computers


Desktop computers


Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Computer aided design CAD software


NetSuite ERP

ProcessPro Premier

PTC Creo Parametric

Qlik Tech QlikView

All Technologies

SAP Business Objects

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

ABB Optimize IT Predict & Control

Apple Final Cut Pro

Citect IIM

CitectSCADA Reports


Computer integrated manufacturing CIM software

Computer integrated manufacturing CIM time manager software

Computer integrated manufacturing CIM warehouse shipping manager software

Employee performance management system

Exact Software JobBOSS

FileMaker Pro

Financial planning software

IBM Rational ClearQuest

Industrial production manager and stock control software

Intuit QuickBooks Manufacturing & Wholesale

Marel production system MPS

Plant management software



Scadex Technologies MAESTRO

Schneider Electric CitectSCADA

Statistical process control SPC software

Wonderware InTouch



Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Using mathematics to solve problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

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