Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities

Occupation:Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities

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

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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Managers in Manufacturing and Utilities1,600Stable170Moderate
Minimum: $21.00
Median: $37.98
Maximum: $54.95
Minimum: $24,440
Median: $67,153
Maximum: $146,918
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Managers in Manufacturing and UtilitiesCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time97%93%
Percent self-employed26%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentManagers in Manufacturing and UtilitiesCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton9%$55,55613%$32,974
Annapolis Valley15%$72,26713%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeManagers in Manufacturing and UtilitiesCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5049
GenderManagers in Manufacturing and UtilitiesCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
EducationManagers in Manufacturing and UtilitiesCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school7.0%x6.2%$30,033
High school22.3%x23.5%$37,496
Trades certificate11.9%x7.0%$41,701
College certificate or diploma26.3%x20.6%$45,432
University certificate or diploma3.4%x3.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree21.4%x27.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diploma2.1%x1.9%$74,902
Master's degreexx9.2%$81,234
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$79,443
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful 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

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Civil engineering - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
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.
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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
Program Name:Operations management and supervision
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
Additional resources:

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