Manufacturing Production Managers manage the manufacturing activities of organisations.

Specialisations: Operations Manager (Production), Plant Manager (Manufacturing), Works Manager (Manufacturing).

You can work as a Manufacturing Production Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Manufacturing Production Managers.

Tasks

  • Determines, implements and monitors production strategies, policies and plans.
  • Plans details of production activities in terms of output, quality, quantity, cost, time available and labour requirements.
  • Controls the operation of production plant and quality procedures through planning of maintenance, designation of operating hours, and supply of parts and tools.
  • Monitors production output and costs, adjusting the processes and resources to minimise costs.
  • Informs other managers about production matters.
  • Oversees the acquisition and installation of new plant and equipment.
  • Directs research into production methods, recommending and implementing appropriate initiatives.
  • Controls the preparation of production records and reports.
  • Co-ordinates the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.

More about Production Managers

All Production Managers

  • $2,258 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Manufacturing Production Managers

  • 32,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Manufacturing Production Managers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 35,800 in 2011 to 32,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Manufacturing Production Managers work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
  • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing76.0
Wholesale Trade5.6
Construction4.7
Retail Trade2.5
Other Industries11.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateManufacturing Production ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.931.6
VIC33.725.6
QLD18.320.0
SA7.87.0
WA8.710.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.31.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketManufacturing Production ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-241.8-9.39.3
25-3415.9-22.922.9
35-4427.9-22.022.0
45-5431.7-21.621.6
55-5911.6-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationManufacturing Production ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree14.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV31.2-21.121.1
Year 1215.8-18.118.1
Year 115.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Manufacturing Production Manager without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Manufacturing Production Managers.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Manufacturing VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Production Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    80% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Administration and management

    76% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. Customer and personal service

    69% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Education and training

    66% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Personnel and human resources

    66% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Responsible for outcomes

    96% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  5. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3051.00 - Industrial Production Managers.

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