Career as Production Manager

Stream : Business Management, Economics & Accounting
Sub Stream : Management

Production Manager

Apart from commerce graduates, Production Management,  is also ideal for engineering graduates- this branch of management deals with the traditional “five M's” technique: Machines, Methods, and Materials, Money, Men and women.  Production management techniques are used in both service and manufacturing units.


Industrial production managers, also called plant managers, may oversee an entire manufacturing plant or a specific area of production.

Industrial production managers are responsible for carrying out quality control programs to make sure the finished product meets a specific level of quality. Often called quality control systems managers, these managers use programs to help identify defects in products, identify the cause of the defect, and solve the problem creating it. For example, a manager may determine that a defect is being caused by parts from an outside supplier. The manager can then work with the supplier to improve the quality of the parts.

Industrial production managers work closely with managers from other departments as well. For example, the procurement (buying) department orders the supplies that the production department uses. A breakdown in communication between these two departments can cause production slowdowns. Industrial production managers also communicate with other managers and departments, such as sales, warehousing, finance, and research and design.


Industrial production managers typically do the following:

  • Decide how best to use a plant's workers and equipment to meet production goals
  • Ensure that production stays on schedule and within budget
  • Hire, train, and evaluate workers
  • Analyze production data
  • Write production reports
  • Monitor a plant's workers and programs to ensure they meet performance and safety requirements
  • Streamline the production process
  • Determine whether new machines are needed or whether overtime work is necessary
  • Fix any production problems


Despite its popularity and industry- based training curriculum, MBA in Production Management is not offered at most management institutes and universities. However, according to a recent survey, there is a growing demand in the industry for professionals skilled with operations and production.

Distance Learning Universities Offering Diploma in Production Management-

  • Indian Institute of Business Management & Studies
  • AVR Educational Foundation
  • Sri Balaji Society (Distance Learning Institute of Balaji Institute of Modern Management)
  • Indian Institute of Pharmaceutical Marketing
  • Amity School of Distance Learning

Top Institutes Offering MBA in Production Management

  • Allana Institute of Management Science (AIMS), Pune    
  • International Council for Management Studies ,Chennai    
  • Indian Management Training and Research Institute    
  • Modern Institute of Management , Delhi    
  • Indian Institute of Management Training, Pune    
  • Small Industries Services Institute, Delhi   
  • Indian Institutes of Product Management , Orissa    

Syllabus for Production management includes-

The course consists of 4 semesters spread over 2 years, and a semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is given here:

First Year (SEMESTER 1 and SEMESTER 2)
Management of Organizations
Quantitative Techniques and Methods
Managerial Economics
Corporate Environment
Business Skills Development
Corporate Legal Environment
Accounting for Managers
Management of International Business
Business Policy and Strategic Management
Summer Training Project
Specialization Group A (two papers from each specialization will be offered)
Specialization Group B (two papers from each specialization will be offered)
Specialization Group C (two papers from each specialization will be offered)
Specialization Group D (two papers from each specialization will be offered) 
Specialization Group E (two papers from each specialization will be offered)

NOTE: In Semester Fourth only two electives each to be selected from only two specialization groups A, B, C, D and E.

Group A: Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Planning and Development
  • Management of Industrial Relations
  • Compensation Management
  • Organizational Change and Development
 Group B: Marketing
  • Services Marketing
  • Marketing Research
  • Sales and Distribution Management
  • Retail Marketing Management
 Group C: Finance
  • Management of Financial Institution
  • Financial Markets and Services
  • Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
Group D: Information Technology
  • Database Management System
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Communication Networks for Business
  • Service Operation Management
 Group E: Operation Management/ Production Management
  • Production Planning and Control
  • Total Quality Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Service Operation Management
 Group A: Human Resource
  • Training and Development
  • Labor Laws
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Performance Management
Group B: Marketing
  • Industrial Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • International Marketing
  • Advertising and Sales Management
Group C: Finance
Management Control System
  • International Financial Management
  • Working Capital Management
  • Corporate Taxation and Tax Planning
 Group D: Information Technology
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Strategic Information System
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining
  • Software Engineering
Group E: Operation Management/ Production Management
  • Purchase Management
  • Management of Logistics
  • Plant Design and Layout
  • Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing



Job prospects in this field are innumerable. Almost every factory needs a production manager to help in the fine-tuning of their production.

There are various sectors in which a Production Management graduate can get jobs-

  1. Heavy Machinery
  2. Refineries
  3. Paper Industry
  4. Automobile Industry
  5. IT Industry

How do I get there?

After 10th

After Graduation

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