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If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.

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Production Planner

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€30k > 60 
Production Planner
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(thousands per year)*
€30 - 60 
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Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Plans and prepares the details and resources required for the efficient running of a production process in a manufacturing company.


The Work header image

Production planners make sure that products are produced on time at the lowest cost, for delivery to customers. They carefully work out the best way to use resources, such as staff and materials. Using this information, planners plot out the production schedule in detail using flow charts. They need to have a clear understanding of what it is the customer wants and needs.  
 
The production planner shows the production schedule to the buyers, the plant manager, the personnel manager and the production manager for them to comment on. Once agreed, appropriate sections of the plans and schedules will also go to supervisors of the production departments involved.  
 
Where a company has to compete with other companies to win contracts for more work, the production planner has a central role. The planner draws up production plans working from information provided by designers, draughtspersons, architects and engineers. These people provide a list of materials and parts with their drawings and specifications. Other information providers include sales managers and production controllers. They need to be able to deal with situations like staff shortages or machine breakdowns.  
 
The plans are sent to an estimator who will put a cost to the plans before submitting them. If the company is awarded the contract, the planners may need to revise schedules to take account of design changes and delays. In a factory with a production line planning is an ongoing process.  
 
Production planners are usually based in an office in the planning department. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Distribute production schedules or work orders to departments.

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Review documents, such as production schedules, work orders, or staffing tables, to determine personnel or materials requirements or material priorities.

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Requisition and maintain inventories of materials or supplies necessary to meet production demands.

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Arrange for delivery, assembly, or distribution of supplies or parts to expedite flow of materials and meet production schedules.

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Confer with department supervisors or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.

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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.

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Confer with establishment personnel, vendors, or customers to coordinate production or shipping activities and to resolve complaints or eliminate delays.

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Examine documents, materials, or products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy, and conformance to standards and specifications.

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Record production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, or quality control measures.

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Calculate figures, such as required amounts of labor or materials, manufacturing costs, or wages, using pricing schedules, adding machines, calculators, or computers.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need an analytical and methodical mind. A detailed knowledge of the production process is necessary and an engineering or science background may also help. The ability to use the mathematical and planning techniques that assist in analysing and scheduling is important. You need good problem solving skills.  
 
Interpersonal and communication skills help in dealing with the wide range of people, inside and outside the company. Clarity in presenting plans and requirements is essential.  
 
Often, you may be working to an urgent deadline, so you must be able to work accurately under pressure. You have to handle a mass of detail and relate it all to the pattern of the overall process and schedule. You need to be able to make decisions quickly and under pressure.


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Go..Light Industry Assembler - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Plant Scheduler - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Plant Scheduler - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Production manager/planner - from:  GradIreland

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