Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,062
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,039
Yearly Job Growth Rate: -2.2
Annual Openings: 28
Entry Wage: $14.26
Median Wage: $21.73
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- Distribute production schedules or work orders to departments.
- Review documents, such as production schedules, work orders, or staffing tables, to determine personnel or materials requirements or material priorities.
- Requisition and maintain inventories of materials or supplies necessary to meet production demands.
- Arrange for delivery, assembly, or distribution of supplies or parts to expedite flow of materials and meet production schedules.
- Confer with department supervisors or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
- Revise production schedules when required due to design changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with management, marketing, sales, production, or engineering.
- Confer with establishment personnel, vendors, or customers to coordinate production or shipping activities and to resolve complaints or eliminate delays.
- Examine documents, materials, or products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy, and conformance to standards and specifications.
- Record production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, or quality control measures.
- Calculate figures, such as required amounts of labor or materials, manufacturing costs, or wages, using pricing schedules, adding machines, calculators, or computers.
- Compile information, such as production rates and progress, materials inventories, materials used, or customer information, so that status reports can be completed.
- Compile and prepare documentation related to production sequences, transportation, personnel schedules, or purchase, maintenance, or repair orders.
- Maintain files, such as maintenance records, bills of lading, or cost reports.
- Contact suppliers to verify shipment details.
- Plan production commitments or timetables for business units, specific programs, or jobs, using sales forecasts.
- Establish and prepare product construction directions and locations and information on required tools, materials, equipment, numbers of workers needed, and cost projections.
- Provide documentation and information to account for delays, difficulties, or changes to cost estimates.
Indivduals currently working as Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
- Procurement Clerks
- Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
- Cargo and Freight Agents
- Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping
- Data Entry Keyers
- Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
- Library Assistants, Clerical
- Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
- Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013