Production managers are mainly involved with the planning, organising, administrating and reviewing of manufacturing activities in organisations to maximise resources effectively and efficiently whilst maintaining quality standards.

Where production managers are employed

Manufacturing production managers work in private engineering firms and in the building, minerals, construction, manufacturing and processing industries. It is a fairly large occupation and job prospects are average. However, skills are often transferable between industries, which provide greater opportunities. Demand is dependent upon fluctuations in the mining, manufacturing and construction industries.


Full-time production managers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Production Managers

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 3,049 people employed full-time as production managers in South Australia compared with 3,219 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a production manager, you usually have to complete a degree in engineering with a major in manufacturing or mechanical engineering management. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry and physics are normally required.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.
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