When in a leadership position, you must have the proper experience, training, and credentials. If you want to take the next step in your career and enter a management position, you should find ways to build your resume now. Here are the essential skills needed for managing manufacturing plants.

Leadership Training

Anyone who manages others must have leadership training. While it may sound unnecessary, leadership training makes an immense difference in the culture and productivity of a workplace. The way upper level management runs an operation determines its social and practical functionality.

Suppose your boss never smiled or gave you feedback or encouragement. This person may simply be an emotionally reserved introvert who means no harm, and their natural inclination is to reserve passing judgment verbally. This leads to breakdowns in communication and low employee morale—it’s hard to do a good job if you don’t know what your boss thinks. Leadership training avoids problematic situations like these and equips people to step up and lead properly.

Technical Knowledge

As you would expect, anyone working in a manufacturing facility must understand the technical aspects of the operation. Industry knowledge is crucial for a well-maintained facility. A manager must understand—even at a basic level—how to deal with the machines, robots, and raw materials. Without this specific knowledge, it’s quite a challenge to lead your employees in their tasks.

Quality Control and Maintenance

Plant managers are responsible for scheduling maintenance and checking the quality of the product. A good manager can keep a schedule and look for deformities. But a great manager will schedule preventive maintenance and check for ways to extend the life of factory machinery. Quality control and maintenance may sound like two small parts of a large job, but they are crucial to everyone’s success.

Build these essential skills needed for managing manufacturing plants and look for opportunities to apply yourself. Who knows? The new techniques you learn today could mean your next big promotion tomorrow.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.