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    Production Inspectors, Testers, Graders, Sorters,

    Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.

    Arrange for delivery, assembly, and distribution of supplies and parts in order to expedite flow of materials and meet production schedules. Calculate figures such as required amounts of labor and materials, manufacturing costs, and wages, using pricing schedules, adding machines, calculators, or computers. Compile and prepare documentation related to production sequences, transportation, personnel schedules, and purchase, maintenance, and repair orders. Compile information, such as production rates and progress, materials inventories, materials used, and customer information, so that status reports can be completed. Confer with establishment personnel, vendors, and customers to coordinate production and shipping activities, and to resolve complaints or eliminate delays. Contact suppliers to verify shipment details. Examine documents, materials, and products, and monitor work processes, in order to assess completeness, accuracy, and conformance to standards and specifications. Requisition and maintain inventories of materials and supplies necessary to meet production demands. Review documents such as production schedules, work orders, and staffing tables to determine personnel and materials requirements, and material priorities. Revise production schedules when required due to design changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with management, marketing, sales, production, and engineering. Confer with department supervisors and other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes. Distribute production schedules and work orders to departments. Establish and prepare product construction directions and locations, and information on required tools, materials, and equipment, numbers of workers needed, and cost projections. Maintain files such as maintenance records, bills of lading, and cost reports. Plan production commitments and timetables for business units, specific programs, and/or jobs, using sales forecasts. Provide documentation and information to account for delays, difficulties, and changes to cost estimates. Record production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, and quality control measures.

    Clerical -- Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. Production and Processing -- Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. Mathematics -- Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. Economics and Accounting -- Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data. Transportation -- Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. Management of Material Resources -- Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work. Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others. Writing -- Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. 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. Mathematics -- Using mathematics to solve problems. Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively. Complex Problem Solving -- Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Number Facility -- The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Information Ordering -- The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). Mathematical Reasoning -- The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. Written Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Speech Clarity -- The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. Deductive Reasoning -- The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Written Comprehension -- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards -- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. Documenting/Recording Information -- Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. Processing Information -- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization -- Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. Analyzing Data or Information -- Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. Performing Administrative Activities -- Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. Monitoring and Controlling Resources -- Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.