Plant Manager

Oversee daily manufacturing plant production rates and worker safety.

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Salary Range
$29,000 – $77,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Plant Managers do?

A Plant Manager is ultimately responsible for everything that happens within a plant. Plant Managers know their plant and their employees extremely well, and they know just how to increase production without breaking morale.

As a Plant Manager, you spend a portion of your day walking the floor of the plant. You inspect the product your workers are making to ensure that it meets the company’s standards. In addition, you make sure your workers are wearing protective gear.

These inspections also let you know whether there are safety hazards in the plant, such as spills or blocked exits. If you find any problems, you correct them. You may march back to your office afterwards to write stern memos about what you found.

You’re in charge of personnel issues, writing up evaluations about your workers, and designing training materials to help them work more efficiently. You also study reports from the accounting department about the plant’s productivity.

When a worker has a complaint or problem, you’re the one they come and talk to. You may be asked to resolve minor scheduling concerns, or referee personality clashes.

While you may be annoyed at this parental aspect of the job, remember that small problems can quickly be solved. Large problems often require Lawyers and paperwork. It’s best to address the issues when they’re small.

It’s likely you’ll grow protective of your workers, as they are your responsibility. It’s important to balance this feeling with the needs of the plant, however. At times, these two priorities may be at odds with each other so you’ll need a level head to keep your loyalties in the proper proportion.

Should I be a Plant Manager?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Accounting Manager, Credit Manager, Facilities Manager, Front End Manager, Inventory Control Manager See More

    How to become a Plant Manager

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