Getting a Plant Manager job.

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Dan Snodgrass in Fairfield, Ohio

115 months ago

My career began in the manufacturing engineering area. I started as a tool/fixture and gage designeer and eventually got into manufacturing engineering. Once I started doing enginering work I began working on my degrees. I first earned a two year in Manufacturing engineering and then a four year degree in Mechanical Engineering. Eventually I took a job as a Product Line Manager starting up a new assembly operation and that set me on track to get into manufacturing management. I felt if I was ever going to get to do things the way I felt they should be done, I needed to be in a position that gave me the authority to do it. While I was in the Product Line Manager role I felt I needed an MBA to continue on my path. So I completed one in 2005. That opened the door for a Manufacturing Engineering position and eventually the Plant Manager positions I've held since.

I think both an enginering degree and the MBA have help me tremendously. The engineering degree helped me to think about problems in a systematic way. My MBA is in finance so it helps me understand the financial aspect of the position.

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herman in Surabaya, Indonesia

112 months ago


My name is Herman, i'm a plant manager in a plastic manufacture for more than 1 1/2 year.
I have experienced working with steel manufacturer for more than 15 years with the last position as senior production manager, and also with another plastic manufacturer for more than 4 years as plant manager too.
I'm looking for work with either a plastic or steel industry in the area of Jabotabek, Banten or East Java.
The reason i want to move from this company, because it's going to be shuted off.
Whoever interested, please respond so i can send my resume.


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M_S in Guilford, Connecticut

110 months ago

Join the club! If there is a job out their you can bet that their are 100,000 resumes at 1/2 of what you are being paid...

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Arnaldo in Drummondville, Quebec

61 months ago

Host said: How did you get your start doing Plant Manager work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?

I graduated as Mechanical Engineer and got my first job as Production Shift Supervisor at the Packing Department. Over time I was transferred/promoted to the following positions:
- Employee Relations manager
- Production Shift Supervisor at the Making Department
- Production Manager (Making Dpt.)
- Operations Group manager
- Planning & Inventory Control manager (Corporate position)
- Plant manager

All those movements happened within a six year period.
I was promoted to the Plant manager position at age 29.
My employer was Procter & Gamble (Venezuela).

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