Production planners are integral employees to the manufacturing process. They compile information on different areas in production, including products produced, materials and parts used, machine readings and the frequency of defects. According to the Occupational Information Network, production and planning clerks may also be known as production and planning clerks.
According to the Occupational Information Network, production planners coordinate the flow of materials and work, according to the production schedule. Production planners review and distribute work and shipment schedules. These workers meet with supervisors to review or determine the progress of work and deadline dates. Planners compile reports on the progress of work, costs, inventory levels and any production errors.
Production planners work in an office. According to the Occupational Information Network, production planners use typical office tools to complete work, such as computers and scanners. These workers may use technology, such as accounting software, analytical or scientific software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, human resources software, inventory management software, materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software.
Education and Training
Since many jobs are entry-level, production planners will not require a degree beyond a high school diploma or GED. On-the-job training typically occurs with routine tasks conducted under supervision. Employers look for solid computer skills.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, production, planning and expediting clerks earned a national mean hourly wage of £13.50 and a national mean annual wage of £28,119 in May 2009. Industries with the highest levels of employment included the management of companies and enterprises with an annual mean wage of £29,146; aerospace product and parts manufacturing, £32,636; postal service, £34,502; wired telecommunication carriers, £30,602; and general medical and surgical hospitals, £23,803.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for production, planning and expediting clerks is expected to grow at a rate of two per cent through 2018. Production planners will be needed in all levels of the supply chain due to the need for on-time delivery of products and services throughout the whole economy. However, declines in manufacturing will limit the overall job growth. Employment will be better in faster growing industries, such as wholesale trade and warehousing.
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