Potential Career/Occupation Information

Production Planner

Occupation Information table
Overview: Production planners plan and implement schedules for manufacturing industrial products. They decide sequence of operations to satisfy product specifications, shipping dates, plant production capacity and availability of production equipment and workforce. They schedule department workflow.
Duties: They draw up master schedules for the sequence and lead time needed for each operation in a manufacturing plant to meet promised shipping dates for customer orders.

They plan the detailed sequence for fabrication, assembly and installation of product at the customer's site. Determine what kinds of services are needed to get the product operational.

Confer with marketing execeutives to predict the product workload based on new customer contracts or promises for delivery of products.

Statistically analyze production data and numbers of defects against estimates of production capacity. Identify sources of productivity problems and recommend improvements needed.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $52,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: Employers prefer to hire those with a college degree in industrial engineering and a strong background in total quality management, robotics and production process engineering. Courses in operations analysis, computer applications and statistics are very important.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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