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Manufacturing Managers  (NOC 0911)
Halifax Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

Manufacturing managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of a manufacturing establishment or of a production department within a manufacturing establishment, under the direction of a general manager or other senior manager. They are employed by manufacturing companies.

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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.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Halifax, Dartmouth, Brookside, Goodwood, Hammonds Plains Road, Hatchet Lake, Lake Echo, Uplands Park

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Outlook & Prospects for Manufacturing Managers in Halifax Region

The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Manufacturing Managers in Halifax Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Halifax Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2011-05-31

Currently the chances of qualified Manufacturing Managers finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. Although manufacturing has been feeling the effects of a slow economy and is sensitive to the value of the Canadian dollar in comparison to the United States, there have been some major contracts signed or that began in the past year. Employment more than doubled at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax during 2010 thanks to Coast Guard, Navy, and supply vessel contracts. Some other manufacturing companies that have signed major contracts in the past year include Rosborough Boats, Ultra-Electronics Maritime Systems, IMP Aerospace, Cherubini Group, Marener Industries Inc, and Nautel. As of January 2010, companies who invest in new technology and equipment will be eligible to receive a 10 percent manufacturing and processing investment credit.

Manufacturing management positions often require business or engineering related university backgrounds, along with years of industry experience. Many in these occupations are promoted from within after gaining extensive experience with the company's production process.

In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Manufacturing Managers in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.

Additional information on Manufacturing Managers (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.

Local Labour Market News

Week of Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014
  • Trecan Combustion Ltd., a Hubley-based manufacturer of snow-melting machines, will increase production capacity and add five full-time positions to its current workforce of 40 employees.
  • PepsiCo Beverages Canada will shut down its warehouse in Dartmouth, and the work will be taken over by a third-party operator, Armour Logistics. About 20 employees will be laid off.
Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
  • RKO Steel Ltd., a Dartmouth-based steel fabricator, will start making fuel tanks for the oil and gas industry, with financial assistance of $538,900 from the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Some positions for skilled tradespersons will be created.
Week of Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2014
  • Irving Shipbuilding is looking outside of Canada to fill about 12 to 14 high level positions to head up the navy shipbuilding project. According to Irving, because there have been no combat vessels built in Canada in 30 years, naval engineers and naval architects with the expertise to head up the project would be found elsewhere.
  • Bridge Brewing Company Ltd., which opened on Agricola Street in Halifax a year ago, will bring in equipment to double and eventually quadruple production. The company, which will also change its name to North Brewing Company Ltd., says the market for craft beer is exploding in Nova Scotia.
Week of Feb 03 - Feb 07, 2014
  • Maritime Paper Products Ltd., which employs 165 people in Atlantic Canada, and Quebec-based Norampac will jointly launch a new corrugated packaging operation at a main production facility in Dartmouth. Maritime Paper will manage the operation, which could result in additional employment, while Norampac will supply containerboard used to make the packaging.
  • Irving Shipbuilding will now move to second and third phase design work on the Arctic offshore patrol ships, part of the large $29.3B contract the company has to build combat ships for the federal government. About 200 jobs have been created so far on design phases, with 60% of them in Canada and the rest with a company in Denmark.
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