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Manufacturing managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing establishment or of a production department within a manufacturing establishment, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by manufacturing companies.
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- Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing establishment or the operations or production department of a manufacturing establishment
- Develop and implement plans to efficiently use materials, labour and equipment to meet production targets
- Plan and manage the establishment of departmental budget
- Develop production schedules and maintain an inventory of raw materials and finished products
- Plan and implement changes to machinery and equipment, production systems and methods of work
- Direct quality control inspection system and develop production reporting procedures
- Develop equipment maintenance schedules and recommend the replacement of machines
- Hire, supervise and train or oversee training of employees in the use of new equipment or production techniques.
Outlook & Prospects for Manufacturing Managers in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Manufacturing Managers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Although manufacturing has been feeling the effects of a slow economy and is sensitive to the value of the Canadian dollar in comparison to the United States, there have been some major contracts signed or that began in the past year. Employment more than doubled at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax during 2010 thanks to Coast Guard, Navy, and supply vessel contracts. Some other manufacturing companies that have signed major contracts in the past year include Rosborough Boats, Ultra-Electronics Maritime Systems, IMP Aerospace, Cherubini Group, Marener Industries Inc, and Nautel. As of January 2010, companies who invest in new technology and equipment will be eligible to receive a 10 percent manufacturing and processing investment credit.
Manufacturing management positions often require business or engineering related university backgrounds, along with years of industry experience. Many in these occupations are promoted from within after gaining extensive experience with the company's production process.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Manufacturing Managers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Manufacturing Managers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Thermo Dynamics, a Dartmouth-based manufacturer of solar heating hardware, expects to hire around 10 new employees over the next two years. The company will install systems in homes as part of a pilot project run by city council.
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- NovaScotian Crystal, the Halifax maker of mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal which had recently undergone a change of ownership, is hiring three new apprentice artisans
Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013
- Machine shops, suppliers, and other companies in the Halifax area expect to benefit from subcontracting from the Irving shipbuilding deal
Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013
- Snow Island Salmon Inc. has had its application to open a salmon farm at Shoal Bay on the Eastern Shore rejected by the province. The company currently runs an operation at Owls Head near Ship Harbour, and has applied for another at Spry Harbour.
- NovaScotian Crystal, the Halifax company which produces mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal and had recently announced it would close, has found a new owner who plans to retain the company name and its 40 employees
- MacKenzie Atlantic Tool & Die/Machining Ltd. of Musquodoboit Harbour anticipates increasing its workforce from 16 to 20 before the end of the year due to increased activity related to the Irving Shipbuilding contract
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