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MANAGER, IN-DEPTH: Thermal Management Is A Great Field

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Rich, a Manager of Custom Products for advanced cooling technologies, describes what he likes most about his job, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in his field, and work-life balance. An interesting challenge in the field of thermal management is that companies are trying to put more electronic power into smaller packages (laptops, iPhones, etc.), which increases the need for effective cooling techniques.

Degree: Chemical Engineering
Job Title: Manager, Custom Products

Job Summary: Industrial Production Managers

Job Description

Industrial production managers oversee the daily operations of manufacturing and related plants. They coordinate, plan, and direct the activities used to create a wide range of goods, such as cars, computer equipment, or paper products.

On-the-Job Training


Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Association for Operations Management.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$50,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, People skills, Problem solving skills, Organizational skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='11520'>from</span> <span m='11770'>automotive,</span> <span m='12590'>energy,</span> <span m='13240'>lighting,</span> <span m='14230'>medical,</span> <span m='14720'>et cetera.</span> <span m='15290'>So</span> <span m='15340'>that</span> <span m='15910'>change</span> <span m='16190'>of</span> <span m='16260'>pace</span> <span m='16600'>is what's</span> <span m='16800'>most</span> <span m='17070'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='17990'>I</span> <span m='18140'>think</span> <span m='18310'>the</span> <span m='18400'>challenging</span> <span m='19370'>aspect</span> <span m='19800'>of</span> <span m='19890'>thermal</span> <span m='20000'>management</span> <span m='20640'>is</span> <span m='20750'>that</span> <span m='21190'>customers</span> <span m='21950'>are</span> <span m='22060'>always</span> <span m='22300'>asking</span> <span m='22750'>to</span> <span m='22870'>put</span> <span m='23440'>more</span> <span m='23760'>electronics</span> <span m='24480'>at</span> <span m='24660'>higher</span> <span m='24970'>power</span> <span m='25740'>into</span> <span m='25920'>smaller</span> <span m='26480'>packages.</span> <span m='27510'>For</span> <span m='27830'>instance,</span> <span m='28280'>people</span> <span m='28550'>have</span> <span m='28890'>seen</span> <span m='29360'>laptops,</span> <span m='29645'>and</span> <span m='29930'>the</span> <span m='30245'>computing</span> <span m='30560'>power</span> <span m='30870'>that</span> <span m='31010'>they</span> <span m='32170'>keep</span> <span m='32670'>trying</span> <span m='32920'>to</span> <span m='32980'>increase.</span> <span m='33850'>Now</span> <span m='33910'>they're</span> <span m='33990'>trying</span> <span m='34160'>to</span> <span m='34260'>do</span> <span m='34350'>the</span> <span m='34440'>same</span> <span m='34690'>things</span> <span m='34940'>on</span> <span m='35000'>mobile</span> <span m='35250'>devices,</span> <span m='35720'>so</span> <span m='35940'>that</span> <span m='36100'>leads 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m='47620'>to</span> <span m='47700'>get</span> <span m='47830'>an</span> <span m='47900'>engineering</span> <span m='48350'>degree.</span> <span m='49150'>But</span> <span m='49230'>once</span> <span m='49430'>you</span> <span m='49530'>get</span> <span m='49660'>in,</span> <span m='49850'>I</span> <span m='50030'>think</span> <span m='50220'>there's</span> <span m='50480'>quite</span> <span m='50700'>a</span> <span m='50760'>few</span> <span m='50920'>jobs</span> <span m='51360'>in</span> <span m='51550'>thermal</span> <span m='51855'>management.</span> <span m='52160'>I don't think</span> <span m='52420'>there's too</span> <span m='52540'>much</span> <span m='53480'>competition</span> <span m='54030'>for</span> <span m='54130'>jobs.</span> <span m='55220'>I</span> <span m='55340'>work</span> <span m='55540'>for</span> <span m='55670'>a</span> <span m='55710'>small</span> <span m='56020'>company</span> <span m='56410'>that has</span> <span m='56680'>around</span> <span 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