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Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

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Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.

    Work Activities
    • Distribute production schedules or work orders to departments.
    • Review documents, such as production schedules, work orders, or staffing tables, to determine personnel or materials requirements or material priorities.
    • Requisition and maintain inventories of materials or supplies necessary to meet production demands.
    • Arrange for delivery, assembly, or distribution of supplies or parts to expedite flow of materials and meet production schedules.
    • Confer with department supervisors or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
    • Revise production schedules when required due to design changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with management, marketing, sales, production, or engineering.
    • Confer with establishment personnel, vendors, or customers to coordinate production or shipping activities and to resolve complaints or eliminate delays.
    • Examine documents, materials, or products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy, and conformance to standards and specifications.
    • Record production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, or quality control measures.
    • Calculate figures, such as required amounts of labor or materials, manufacturing costs, or wages, using pricing schedules, adding machines, calculators, or computers.
    • Contact suppliers to verify shipment details.
    • Plan production commitments or timetables for business units, specific programs, or jobs, using sales forecasts.
    • Compile information, such as production rates and progress, materials inventories, materials used, or customer information, so that status reports can be completed.
    • Compile and prepare documentation related to production sequences, transportation, personnel schedules, or purchase, maintenance, or repair orders.
    • Maintain files, such as maintenance records, bills of lading, or cost reports.
    • Establish and prepare product construction directions and locations and information on required tools, materials, equipment, numbers of workers needed, and cost projections.
    • Provide documentation and information to account for delays, difficulties, or changes to cost estimates.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $47,680/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $22.92/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 14,240
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,490
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Scanners
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Inventory management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.