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The career ladder map for the manufacturing field is organized around the occupation and careers in the field. There are seven career areas explored:
Executive Management: Individuals in this section have cross functional responsibility for organizational profitability and productivity. They provide long term strategic direction for the business. While other senior leaders exist in the organization, their focus is generally on one function. The individuals who assume the roles described in this section of the model have a broader scope and typically have had experience in many different areas of the business throughout their careers.
Administration and Support: Positions in this section are responsible for the short and long term viability of the business. They establish and manage business processes. While there are several senior leaders in this area, they are responsible for a function and not the overall management of the facility.
Supply Chain: The Supply Chain section of the model ensures production smoothly throughout the facility and customers when requested. Purchasing and expediters are section as roles critical to management of raw material component supply and inventory control.
Operations: Positions identified in this section are responsible for producing the products the business sells.
Agri-business: Positions identified in this section are responsible for producing the products the business sells.
Customer Support: Understanding customer needs is critical to the success of any business. Developing processes which allow easy, two-way communication between the business and the customer ensures the organization can react to order requirements and customer concerns. Developing a good relationship with your customer builds customer loyalty resulting in lower costs of operation, increased sales and improved customer and employee satisfaction.
Quality: The Quality function cuts across all aspects of the includes both manufacturing and office business Organizations that are ISO registered have clearly documented processes. Businesses that have Six Sigma methodologies often will incorporate as part of production workers’ tasks.
Manufacturing employs over 750,000 New Yorkers and contributes $61 billion annually to New York State’s GDP. Compared to other sectors of the economy, manufacturers pay higher wages, generate better benefits, and stimulate more high technology growth through research and development and productivity improvements. Manufacturing accounts for over 70 percent of private sector research and development in the United States. Every manufacturing job creates more that 2.5 related jobs in other sectors, and every dollar spent generates an additional $1.37 in economic activity. Simply put, manufacturing is the wealth generating sector of the New York economy.
Facility Support: A wide range of skills are needed to ensure the efficient and effective operation of a manufacturing facility. This section of the model includes highly training technicians as well as engineers who are responsible for plant layout and support.