Things to Learn for a Management Trainee Officer in WIP Department

I have been selected as a Management Trainee Officer in the Work in Process (WIP) Department. Before joining, what skills and knowledge should I have and how should I prepare myself before starting this job? I am a fresh graduate in Industrial Engineering. 

When you said your job is in the WIP department, your initial responsibilities would be related to WIP management in the process and preparing WIP reports. Also, you need to understand that the WIP term may be used in a broader perspective. It can be a management information system (MIS) department. You may be involved in data collection from various departments and data validation.

WIP is measured between the processes, so you should learn about the process flow of the product your company is making. You may need to work a coordinator between departments and supplying each department all the necessary information on workflow, production information, and material requirement.

You have not mentioned in which industry you will be joining. Let me assume that it is a garment manufacturing factory. Learn about process dependency in garment manufacturing. I have explained the garment manufacturing processes in this article.

Learn about the products, raw material, and inventory requirements in manufacturing the products.

Learn about the concept of WIP and WIP calculation formula. Learn the Common formula used in production calculation in the apparel industry.

Your company may or may not have an ERP system and other production tracking systems. Learn working with MS Excel. You can master yourself on Excel-based report making through online video tutorials. If you think you need to learn more about Excel, go for that.

Learn about production tracking methods and tools available for the manufacturing industry. Though initially, you need to follow the reporting systems followed by the company.

Learn about various KPI reports made by garment factories. MIS department mainly involved in preparing daily MIS reports including production and WIP reports. You can learn about preparing productivity and efficiency reports.

You can learn about the Data analytics tool and data analysis methodology.

Read the book ‘The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement’ by Goldratt.

You might have been given your job responsibilities that need to be handled after joining the company. Depending on your job responsibilities you can start building your skills in those areas. You can keep learning and improving your skill in specific areas after joining the company.

You can go through LinkedIn profiles of the professionals who are holding the same job profile you are going to work as. This will give you enough ideas about your possible job responsibilities.  After joining the company, you will only learn your actual job responsibilities. At this moment, it would be a good idea to learn about the new company, get in touch with your colleagues.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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