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PROJECT MANAGER: Designs & Manufactures Wireless Products

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Tom is a Project Manager at an engineering company that designs and manufactures wireless products. He majored in Economics and History but entered this field because he's always loved technology. He wishes he had taken more math in high school and advises students to take advantage of today's fast internet to learn about upcoming technology opportunities.

Degree: Economics - History
Job Title: Project Manager

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

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Association for Operations Management.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$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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<span m='15100'>hold</span> <span m='15370'>meetings</span> <span m='15900'>in</span> <span m='16050'>the</span> <span m='16120'>morning,</span> <span m='16870'>talk</span> <span m='17080'>to</span> <span m='17160'>my</span> <span m='17290'>team,</span> <span m='17750'>making</span> <span m='18080'>sure</span> <span m='18290'>that</span> <span m='18480'>they</span> <span m='18640'>are on</span> <span m='18900'>task,</span> <span m='20000'>making</span> <span m='20180'>sure</span> <span m='20420'>that</span> <span m='20620'>they're</span> <span m='20710'>meeting</span> <span m='21070'>the</span> <span m='21150'>deadlines</span> <span m='21830'>and</span> <span m='21990'>schedules.</span> </p><p><span m='22840'>I</span> <span m='23190'>also</span> <span m='23440'>interface</span> <span m='24110'>with</span> <span m='24280'>customers</span> <span m='25980'>to</span> <span m='26380'>be</span> <span m='26470'>sure</span> <span m='26710'>that</span> <span m='28840'>the</span> <span m='28930'>requirements</span> <span m='29390'>that</span> <span m='29540'>they</span> <span m='29640'>want</span> <span m='30110'>are</span> <span m='30310'>being</span> <span m='30620'>met,</span> <span m='31200'>as</span> <span m='31360'>well.</span> <span m='31690'>So</span> <span m='31790'>I'm</span> <span m='32930'>just</span> <span m='33260'>interfacing</span> <span m='33770'>with</span> <span m='33950'>them,</span> <span m='34200'>communicating</span> <span m='34650'>with</span> <span m='34790'>them.</span> <span m='35450'>Making</span> <span m='36350'>sure</span> <span m='36620'>that</span> <span m='36880'>they're</span> <span m='37490'>happy</span> <span m='37780'>with</span> <span m='37950'>the</span> <span m='37990'>product</span> <span m='38380'>that</span> <span m='38510'>they</span> <span m='38600'>will</span> <span m='38780'>receive,</span> <span m='39190'>or are</span> <span m='39330'>about</span> <span m='39610'>to</span> <span m='39700'>receive.</span> <span m='41640'>And</span> <span m='42000'>I</span> <span m='42020'>also</span> <span m='42700'>do</span> <span m='42930'>forecasting</span> <span m='43700'>for</span> <span m='44850'>our</span> <span m='44980'>products,</span> <span m='45540'>as</span> <span m='45650'>well,</span> <span m='46610'>and</span> <span m='46880'>ordering</span> <span m='47200'>components.</span> <span m='48910'>I</span> <span m='49170'>graduated</span> <span m='49560'>from</span> <span m='49710'>Wisconsin</span> <span m='50460'>back</span> <span m='50740'>in</span> <span m='51580'>2003,</span> <span m='52620'>and</span> <span m='53025'>I</span> <span m='53430'>majored</span> <span m='53740'>in</span> <span m='53840'>economics</span> <span m='54420'>and</span> <span m='54500'>history.</span> </p><p><span m='56390'>I</span> <span m='56490'>got</span> <span m='56620'>into</span> <span m='56800'>this</span> <span m='57000'>business</span> <span m='57240'>because</span> <span m='57450'>I</span> <span m='58100'>like</span> <span m='58270'>technology,</span> <span m='58970'>I</span> <span m='59350'>like</span> <span m='59990'>devices,</span> <span m='61070'>and</span> <span m='62010'>I</span> <span m='62060'>like</span> <span m='62270'>to</span> <span m='62980'>manage</span> <span m='63540'>people.</span> <span m='64540'>What</span> <span m='65010'>I</span> <span m='65060'>wish</span> <span m='65390'>that</span> <span m='65860'>I</span> <span m='66210'>had</span> <span m='66460'>known</span> <span m='66940'>when</span> <span m='67300'>I</span> <span m='67340'>was</span> <span m='67480'>younger.</span> <span m='69520'>I</span> <span m='69610'>guess</span> <span m='69950'>when</span> <span m='70080'>I</span> <span m='70120'>was</span> <span m='70300'>in</span> <span m='70450'>high</span> <span m='70630'>school,</span> <span m='70880'>I</span> <span m='70920'>wish</span> <span m='71200'>I'd</span> <span m='71500'>taken</span> <span m='71860'>more</span> <span m='73120'>math</span> <span m='73420'>courses.</span> <span m='75391'>I know</span> <span m='75800'>later</span> <span m='76460'>in</span> <span m='76610'>college</span> <span m='77030'>I</span> <span m='77420'>had</span> <span m='77690'>difficulties</span> <span m='78360'>with</span> <span m='79460'>calculus.</span> <span m='80060'>I</span> <span m='80100'>wish</span> <span m='80320'>I'd</span> <span m='80420'>taken</span> <span m='80730'>calculus</span> <span m='81240'>back</span> <span m='81460'>in</span> <span m='82080'>high</span> <span m='82200'>school</span> <span m='82410'>before</span> <span m='83840'>going</span> <span m='84010'>to</span> <span m='84080'>college.</span> <span m='85700'>That's</span> <span m='85900'>one</span> <span m='86170'>thing</span> <span m='86340'>I</span> <span m='86400'>regret</span> <span m='86800'>the</span> <span m='86890'>most.</span> </p><p><span m='88750'>And</span> <span m='90930'>I</span> <span m='91150'>wish I'd</span> <span m='91210'>learned</span> <span m='92300'>newer</span> <span m='92450'>things,</span> <span m='92860'>newer</span> <span m='93120'>technologies</span> <span m='93780'>when</span> <span m='93860'>I</span> <span m='93920'>was</span> <span m='94170'>a</span> <span m='94460'>kid.</span> <span m='95840'>I</span> <span m='96050'>didn't</span> <span m='96150'>really</span> <span m='96570'>have</span> <span m='96830'>that</span> <span m='97200'>opportunity,</span> <span m='98380'>since</span> <span m='99530'>nowadays</span> <span m='99970'>we</span> <span m='100040'>have</span> <span m='100170'>the</span> <span m='100260'>web,</span> <span m='100770'>everybody</span> <span m='101070'>can</span> <span m='101290'>look</span> <span m='101490'>up</span> <span m='101810'>new</span> <span m='102000'>things</span> <span m='102390'>all</span> <span m='102490'>the</span> <span m='102590'>time,</span> <span m='103280'>learning</span> <span m='103520'>new</span> <span m='103750'>things</span> <span m='104080'>on</span> <span m='104150'>the</span> <span m='104250'>web.</span> </p><p><span m='104910'>I didn't</span> <span m='105070'>really</span> <span m='105400'>have</span> <span m='105560'>that</span> <span m='105690'>luxury</span> <span m='106060'>back</span> <span m='106380'>then.</span> <span m='107310'>I</span> <span m='107550'>was wondering--</span> <span m='108240'>we</span> <span m='108430'>had</span> <span m='108640'>modems</span> <span m='108870'>back</span> <span m='109130'>then.</span> <span m='110360'>Really</span> <span m='110590'>slow.</span> <span m='111760'>But</span> <span m='111950'>now</span> <span m='112150'>we</span> <span m='112250'>have</span> <span m='112590'>like,</span> <span m='112990'>fast</span> <span m='113200'>internet,</span> <span m='113490'>so</span> <span m='114320'>I</span> <span m='114830'>would</span> <span m='115140'>definitely</span> <span m='115420'>recommend</span> <span m='115990'>kids</span> <span m='116180'>to</span> <span m='116310'>take</span> <span m='116480'>advantage</span> <span m='117030'>of</span> <span m='117130'>the</span> <span m='117200'>internet.</span> <span m='117610'>There's</span> <span m='117820'>a</span> <span m='117880'>lot</span> <span m='118090'>of</span> <span m='118130'>information</span> <span m='118690'>out</span> <span m='118920'>there,</span> <span m='120042'>so</span> <span m='121930'>hopefully</span> <span m='123830'>that's</span> <span m='124190'>good.</span> </p>","file":{"id":364261,"video_id":"3268247207001","name":"2170-Tom-ProductManagerMobile1","duration":125179,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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