Although this area of work is open to all graduates, a degree in the following subjects may increase your chances:
However, a qualification in other disciplines (e.g. civil engineering, business studies) would not preclude a person from working in production management given sufficient motivation and a willingness to study for the relevant professional qualifications.
Entry without a degree or any relevant qualification might be difficult; however, you may progress from a very junior role to production manager if you are able to demonstrate your motivation and willingness to develop within the company.
A number of universities offer degree courses in production management, with titles such as manufacturing engineering, design engineering and manufacturing management, manufacturing systems engineering, food production management, manufacturing management, etc. Postgraduate courses including production management are offered at Teesside, Middlesex, Nottingham, Loughborough, Hertfordshire, Liverpool John Moores and London South Bank universities, and more.
Pre-entry experience, while not essential, would be very useful, whether it takes the form of vacation employment or a work placement in an industrial environment during your course. If formal schemes are not open to you, try to arrange a work-shadowing placement or some temporary work.
Candidates will need to show evidence of the following:
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