Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities

(NOC 0911, 0912)

in All Management

Managers within this group of jobs plan, direct and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing or utility company under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by manufacturing companies, public and private sector utilities, and in heating fuel distribution companies.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 170 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate Decline employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 2775 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 81% of Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $69,668. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$21.00

Minimum

$37.98

Median

$54.95

Maximum

Annual Pay

$24,440

Minimum

$67,153

Median

$146,918

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$15.77

Minimum

$34.97

Median

$57.69

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Managers within this group of jobs plan, direct and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing or utility company under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by manufacturing companies, public and private sector utilities, and in heating fuel distribution companies.

Job duties

Manufacturing managers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Water supply managers manage water filtration, purification processes and pumping operations, schedule and oversee the maintenance of plant equipment and prepare reports on water supply and water quality.
  • Electrical power distribution managers manage the operations of electrical power distribution systems including generating stations, transmission stations and distribution networks. They may also plan and direct the distribution activities of a municipal electrical power establishment.
  • Natural gas supply managers manage the delivery of gas to consumers, monitor supply inventories and control the recording of injections and withdrawals.
  • Petroleum product distribution managers plan and direct the distribution of heating oil products to retail distributors and regional storage sites.
  • Water pollution control managers manage the operations of a sewage treatment plant, schedule and direct maintenance of plant equipment, and prepare reports on water quality.
  • Waste systems managers manage solid or liquid waste collection and disposal systems, train drivers in how to handle waste and ensure safe operation of disposal facilities.

Sample job titles

  • landfill manager
  • logistics manager - manufacturing
  • lumber mill manager
  • manufacturing plant manager
  • petroleum distribution manager
  • plant manager
  • production planning manager
  • public utilities manager
  • waterworks superintendent
  • winery manager

Skills

To work in these fields, you should have good interpersonal skills as well as effective oral and written communication skills. Leadership qualities and the ability to motivate others are important. You should also be able to organize projects, solve problems, and make decisions.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or college diploma in an appropriate discipline is required. For example, electrical engineering is required for managers of transmission lines, and water resource technology for water supply managers.
  • Professional engineer certification is usually required for managers of utility operations involved in the transmission and distribution of electrical power, natural gas, and heating oil.

Other considerations

Progression to senior management positions is possible with experience. Five to ten years of supervisory experience within the industry are typically required. Most people in these jobs are employed full-time and for the full year. Small-scale manufacturing companies that target specialized markets are expected to create jobs as the manufacturing sector in Nova Scotia continues to become more diversified.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,600

employed in 2016

96.6%

employed full-time

12.2%

self employed

21.5%
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78.5%
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50.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

93.3%

employed full-time

18.6%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

35.2%

Halifax

22.4%

Southern

16.9%

Northern

15.4%

Annapolis Valley

9.3%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

22.6%

Food and Beverage Product Manufacturing

12.1%

Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing

9.3%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

9.0%

Metal Fabrication and Machinery (excl. electrical)

7.4%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

31.5%

45-54

30.9%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

8.7%

65+

7.4%

25-34

Compared to: All Management

31.8%

45-54

23.8%

35-44

22.6%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

6.2%

65+

Top levels of education

26.3%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
22.3%

High school

N/A
21.4%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
11.9%

Trades certificate

N/A
7.0%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Management

27.7%

Bachelor's degree

$66,107 median annual income
23.5%

High school

$37,496 median annual income
20.6%

College certificate or diploma

$45,432 median annual income
9.2%

Master's degree

$81,234 median annual income
7.0%

Trades certificate

$41,701 median annual income

Education & training

Civil engineering - General

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of structural, load-bearing, material moving, transportation, water resource, and material control systems; and environmental safety measures.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Operations management and supervision

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to manage and direct the physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization, particularly those relating to development, production, and manufacturing. These programs include courses in principles of general management, manufacturing and production systems, plant management, equipment maintenance management, production control, industrial labour relations and skilled trades supervision, strategic manufacturing policy, systems analysis, productivity analysis and cost control, and materials planning.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council
962 Fletcher Valley Crescent
Mississauga, ON L5J 2X7
Tel: (866) 616-3468
Fax: (905) 897-1100
Supply Chain Management Association
777 Bay Street, Suite 2701
Toronto, ON M5G 2C8
Tel: (416) 977-7111
Fax: (416) 977-8886

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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