Plant managers in foundry/metal casting are tasked with implementing and overseeing production plans and strategies in a metal foundry facility. They also oversee many other aspects of the facility's operations, such as employee training, safety, product quality, and plant maintenance.
Management at the company level sets goals, plans, and directives that the plant manager must meet, and they typically formulate production schedules to meet customers' demands for timeliness and quality. When processes fall short of expectations, the plant manager must step in to diagnose the issues or problems and devise measures to address them.
Strong leadership skills are important in this position to convey manufacturing objectives to employees and ensure that they are motivated and on-task, and communication skills are also important to work well with customers and employees within the organization. Customer service is important to understand the needs of customers and clients, which include other manufacturing companies, military suppliers, and government entities such as water treatment facilities, and they must also work with human resources (HR) departments to ensure proper staffing and training of employees and that all machinery is in safe working order.
Prior experience in metal foundries or casting facilities and prior management experience are generally required for this position, and many companies also require an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field. These plant managers often work long hours to oversee plant operations, so overtime and nighttime/overnight shifts are often necessary for this position.
Plant Manager, Foundry / Metal Casting Tasks
Ensure compliance with industry and organizational rules, safety and quality standards.
Plan and oversee production schedule, including maintenance and inventory control.
Update, maintain and develop budgets for capital, labor, utilities, maintenance and other areas.
Oversee plant employees, including hiring, schedules, training and discipline.
Communicate with clients, suppliers and other external entities.