Production manager (manufacturing)

Also known as:

  • Process engineer

What they do

Manufacturing production managers are responsible for planning, coordinating and controlling an organisation’s manufacturing processes. They ensure that resources are used effectively, costs are minimised, quality standards are maintained, and that the operation is conducted in a safe and environmentally conscious way. They supervise production staff and liaise with people from different departments and suppliers.

In Western Australia, manufacturing production managers may work in private engineering firms, processing plants or in manufacturing industries such as food products, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and building materials.

Specialisations include: Plant Manager (Manufacturing), Works Manager (Manufacturing)

Working conditions

Manufacturing production managers usually work indoors in manufacturing factories, on the factory floor, and in offices. They may be required to do shift work or work extra hours to meet deadlines or resolve problems.

Manufacturing operations use potentially high-risk machinery and production managers ensure that proper workplace safety standards are followed and adequate measure are taken to minimise any associated risks to people or equipment.

Tools and technologies

Manufacturing production managers use standard office equipment including computers and specialist business software. Depending on their particular area of manufacture, they may apply specialist knowledge of machinery, processing or engineering operations. They may also be involved with product design and purchasing.

How do I become one?

Education and training

You can work as a manufacturing production manager without formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, you may improve your prospects in the industry if you have completed a degree majoring in mechanical engineering.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Most manufacturing production managers will generally have worked for a number of years in a technical position in an industrial business before progressing to a managerial role.

You may also be required to complete further studies in management.

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