Manufacturers facilitate the operations of smaller scale manufacturing plants and establishments by planning, directing and implementing activities. They should have strong attention to detail and be able to oversee operations while adhering to health and safety standards.

Duties and tasks

  • Coordinate production activities, warehouse storage and distribution for manufactured products including packaging and delivery
  • Create business plans and direct efforts to implement them by pricing products, determining human resources and steps needed in the process
  • Determine new business opportunities and modify existing products and manufacturing procedures
  • Implement procedures to ensure quality control of products, manufacturing procedures, waste disposal, etc.
  • Interpret manufacturing and environmental regulations and legal requirements affecting operations and ensure that practices are within standards
  • May negotiate contracts with customers of cost and schedules for manufacturing
  • Order raw materials needed for production and maintain necessary supplies and equipment

Skills required

  • Attention to Detail
  • Coordination Skills
  • Organisational Skills
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Manufacturers typically work Mondays to Fridays, but may be required to work evenings to complete large orders. They typically work in workshop or factory settings, operating a variety of equipment and overseeing the production, packaging and distribution process.

Professional associations / Industry information

Housing Industry Association Ltd
Manufacturing Skills Australia

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