Production manager (manufacturing)

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.

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

To become a mine manager, you usually need to study an engineering degree majoring in mining engineering and have practical mining experience.Mining engineering degrees are currently offered at two universities in Western Australia.

Curtin University offers a four year Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering). The final two or three years of the course are delivered at the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie.

The University of Western Australia offers a two year Master of Professional Engineering with a specialisation in mining engineering available. Prior to enrolling in the masters program students must complete a three year undergraduate degree majoring in engineering science.

Most mine managers will generally have worked for a number of years in a technical position on a mine before progressing to a managerial role.


Required registration and licensing

To work as a mining manager in Western Australia you will need to obtain a First Class Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety 

In order to qualify for the mine manager's certificate you must have completed an engineering degree majoring in mining, have five years practical mining experience (including three years underground), have a current Provide First Aid Certificate and be at least 25 years old.