WHAT DO PLANT MANAGERS DO?
Plant managers are the people who watch over and organize the daily operations of manufacturing plants and similar places. Plant managers oversee employees, production and efficiency, to make sure the plant is running smoothly, quickly, efficiently and safely.
Plant managers might oversee an entire location, or just a section of the operation. Plant managers maintain optimum operation by assigning workers, creating and keeping work and production schedules, hiring and training new employees, collecting and looking through data to find places of waste or places of improvement, keep an eye on worker safety and plant safety, monitor the production equipment to make sure that it stays in good working order, and repair or replace the equipment when needed.
Plant managers are the last line of defense for quality control when the item manufactured leaves the plant. They communicate with other departments or parts of the plant to make sure everything runs smoothly.
HOW MUCH DO PLANT MANAGERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2010, plant managers made a median income of $41.91 per hour, or $87,160 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Plant managers generally need at least a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, business administration or similar. Some plant workers, after years of experience can take management classes to become a plant manager. Larger plants may require their managers to have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
Plant managers will often spend months training with the company they are hired by to understand the processes and inner workings of the plant. Certification is available but not required.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Interpersonal Skills: Plant managers must be able to speak with employees, other department managers and senior management.
- Leadership Skills: Plant managers must be able to motivate employees to keep operations running smoothly.
- Problem-Solving Skills: Plant managers must be able to quickly ascertain a situation and be decisive in solving it, such as identifying defects in the production line.
- Time Management: Plant managers face production deadlines, shipping dates and more and must manage their time accordingly.
THE FUTURE OF PLANT MANAGERS
Overseas competition means slower growth for manufacturing, and fewer jobs for plant managers. The BLS states that jobs for plant managers will grow 9% between 2010 and 2020.