Manufacturing and Production Careers | Manufacturing Manager

Manufacturing Manager

Career Area: Manufacturing and Production

Occupation Group: Production Managers

Salary

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A typical Manufacturing Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $78,512

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $83,124

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Plans, schedules, and manages one or more manufacturing production processes. Assists with planning and directing an efficient layout of equipment and flow of materials.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina199+2.2%
Nationwide3726-0.5%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Manufacturing Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Manufacturing Processes: Experience working within and designing manufacturing processes to combine raw materials or components into a final product.
  • Quality Assurance and Control: Working experience with processes used to measure and assure the quality of a product and ensuring products and services meet consumer expectations.
  • Quality Management: Working experience of Quality Management. Quality management ensures that an organization, product or service is consistent. It has four main components: quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and quality improvement. Quality management is focused not only on product and service quality, but also on the means to achieve it. Quality management, therefore, uses quality assurance and control of processes as well as products to achieve more consistent quality.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Manufacturing Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP): Manufacturing resource planning (MRP II) is defined as a method for the effective planning of all resources of a manufacturing company.
  • Supply Chain Management: In commerce, supply chain management (SCM), the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.
  • Employee Training: Employee Training is to improve current or future employee performance by increasing an employee's ability to perform through learning, usually by changing the employee's attitude or increasing his or her skills and knowledge.
  • Industrial Engineering Industry Expertise: Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering which deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems, or organizations.
  • Machining: Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years8%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years22%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Manager, Manufacturing
  • Oracle Scm Manufacturing Manager
  • Manager General Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing/Physical Distribution Engineer - Line Manager

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