Industrial Production Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Plans, directs, or coordinates the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Reviews processing schedules or production orders to make decisions concerning inventory requirements, staffing requirements, work procedures, or duty assignments, considering budgetary limitations and time constraints.
  • Directs or coordinates production, processing, distribution, or marketing activities of industrial organizations.
  • Develops or implements production tracking or quality control systems, analyzing production, quality control, maintenance, or other operational reports, to detect production problems.
  • Reviews operations and confers with technical or administrative staff to resolve production or processing problems.
  • Hires, trains, evaluates, or discharges staff or resolves personnel grievances.
  • Prepares and maintains production reports or personnel records.
  • Sets and monitors product standards, examining samples of raw products or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality.
  • Develops budgets or approves expenditures for supplies, materials, or human resources, ensuring that materials, labor, or equipment are used efficiently to meet production targets.
  • Initiates or coordinates inventory or cost control programs.
  • Coordinates or recommends procedures for facility or equipment maintenance or modification, including the replacement of machines.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Factory Manager -- Plans production meetings, production activities, worker schedules, machine maintenance schedules and maintains budges and product quality.
  • Manufacturing Manager -- Plans, organizes, directs, controls and evaluates the operations of a manufacturing establishment or of a production department within a manufacturing establishment, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager.
  • Production Control Manager -- Responsible for the planning, coordinating and direction of the industrial production process while adhering to quality and quantity standards.
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QA Manager) -- Responsible for assuring that all products are defect free and compliant with technical specifications.
  • Sawmill Manager -- Responsible for daily operations and people management of the sawmill and the oversight of the maintenance crew.