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Manufacturing Managers

What they do?

Manufacturing managers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing establishment or the operations or production department of a manufacturing establishment

B. Develop and implement plans to efficiently use materials, labour and equipment to meet production targets

C. Plan and manage the establishment of departmental budget

D. Develop production schedules and maintain an inventory of raw materials and finished products

E. Plan and implement changes to machinery and equipment, production systems and methods of work

F. Direct quality control inspection system and develop production reporting procedures

G. Develop equipment maintenance schedules and recommend the replacement of machines

Where they find work?

1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 8.0%
2. Food manufacturing - 8.0%
3. Machinery manufacturing - 7.0%
4. Chemical manufacturing - 6.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 6.0%
6. Plastic and rubber products manufacturing - 6.0%
7. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of a college or university program in engineering or business administration is usually required.

2. Five to ten years of supervisory experience in manufacturing are required.

3. Many recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 3 in 10 have a graduate degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Business
3. Industrial Arts

What can you expect to make:

Hourly wages ($30.64) are above the national average ($18.07). These earnings are close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Manufacturing Managers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Manufacturing Managers Wage By Age


3% of Manufacturing Managers are unemployed. This rate is above the average for management occupations.


Manufacturing Managers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Manufacturing Managers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Manufacturing Managers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($30.64) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be above average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers. This will not be significant enough to have an impact on the work prospects.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Manufacturing Managers are found in Quebec and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in Newfoundland and Saskatchewan.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Business management

3. Entrepreneurship skills

Part Time Workers

Manufacturing Managers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

2% of Manufacturing Managers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 79,800 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 2% since 1997. The percentage of part-time workers (2%) is below the 2004 average (19%) and has dropped since 1997.

Age Demographics

Manufacturing Managers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average retirement age (62).

Self Employed

Manufacturing Managers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 31% of Manufacturing Managers are self-employed. This is considered The percentage of self-employed workers (31%) is above the 2004 average of 15% and has stayed about the same since 1997. for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Manufacturing Managers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

14% of the individuals employed as Manufacturing Managers are women. Compared to other industries, this is The percentage of women is 14% compared to the 2004 average of 48% and has dropped since 1997. .