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Production Planner  Pittsburgh, PA  Posted: 12/19/2023
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Permanent Full Time

Technical Solutions Inc. is currently seeking a Production Planner for our client, a local manufacturing company, for their Pittsburgh area facility. The Production Planner is responsible for planning and utilizing the company's shop capacity to meet the company's goals and customers' delivery requirements.
Essential Functions:
Production planning will involve arranging people and materials at the right time to allow them to produce the equipment and all related activities (testing, packaging, shipping) leading up to the shipment date.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Determine how many manhours it takes to complete the various stages for machine production, or to obtain those estimates from the shop supervisors or other knowledgeable person(s).
  • Develop a schedule with enough manpower assigned to complete the order at the desired shipping date.  Adjust schedules as customer needs change and communicate to the PM.
  • Compare the needed manpower with all other customer orders also being scheduled at that same time period to ensure they can also be completed as scheduled.
  • Determine the time frame needed to procure the materials and determine what date they would need to be ordered to arrive at the plant on the future date you have scheduled for starting production.   Planner shall use a “pull” system to determine project schedules.
  • Inform the engineering managers of the required drawing release dates.  Coordinate with the design group to indicate in detail which drawing packages you need.   In some cases, specify if an immediate release of the known materials is needed, with the unknown details to follow later.  Monitor the drawing releases as they are issued and ensure the materials are ordered as soon as possible, and assist when necessary.  In cases where the item is not easily ordered, instruct the project manager to do so with respect to the intended schedule.
  • Update the schedules and revise monthly, weekly and daily goals accordingly.  The Planner must let supervisors know which milestones must be met in the foreseeable future.
  • When the delivery date is threatened, the Planner informs operations, engineering, and project managers (where applicable) to ensure they are aware that a deadline is not being met and the legitimate schedule may be in jeopardy. The Planner will be tasked with looking at the current schedule to identify where changes might be made to meet the original schedule
Other Duties and Interactions:
  • Provide timely information regarding problems in production that may adversely affect quality, delivery or customer requirements as soon as they are known.
  • Most frequent interaction will be multiple times daily with shop floor supervisors, inventory & logistics, engineering manager, key suppliers, and material controller.  Secondary interaction will be with Director of Operations, tech service, and project managers.
  • Establish and maintain good interpersonal relationships and communications with all levels to assure positive intercompany relations.
  • Conduct routine production coordination meetings between shop supervisors, engineering managers, and materials functions to ensure they are all aware of the goals for the day, week, or other period covered by the meeting.
  • Attend and document requirements of new orders at kick-off meetings
  • Be able to respond readily to “what if” questions which may ask how long it would take for us to build a potential new order.

Job Requirements


  • Must be able to manage a 15-20 project workload
  • Proficient with Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, and Outlook. 
  • Sense of priority and urgency required since this is a key production position
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills 
  • Promotes good attitude and teamwork. 
  • Able to read bill of materials and tolerances on drawings
  • Able to learn and use ERP business system- currently MS Dynamics
  • Able to multitask and keep multiple projects progressing according to the schedule
  • Very organized and maintains files easily accessible and understood by back-up employees
  • Ability to bend, stoop, squat, twist and lift up to and including 30 lbs. unassisted.   Assistance must be used for any items over this weight. 
  • Familiarity with industrial electrical and fluid handling components and general hardware
  • Methodical and organized
  • Technical Capacity to have basic understanding of finished products
  • Ability to handle rush orders on a steady basis
  • Highly Productive use of PC for processing material orders and developing schedules
  • Very effective communication skills with outside suppliers and shop supervisors
  • Basic familiarity with AutoCAD and Adobe for drawing, printing and sizing
Technical Solutions Inc. provides a wide range of staffing services throughout Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Simplify the job search process by letting us do all the work! With 30 years of expertise, we have the resources, techniques and insights to guide your job search. Our staff will work with you one-on-one to understand your needs and discuss your options. We can even send your resume to multiple job openings that you are a fit for, giving you opportunities to choose from. We reach out to hiring managers for feedback, coordinate and schedule interviews, and advocate on your behalf so that you get the best offer possible. At TSI, we genuinely care about our employees and want to see you succeed. No candidate is ever promised something we do not deliver. The best part is that there are no fees or cost for any of our services. For more information on our company and to view all of our exciting job opportunities, please visit or give us a call at 724-733-2100.


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