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Are you a hard-working individual, looking for the opportunity to carve out a successful career in an organization where the spirits of family and hard work share equal billing? If so, the companies of Universal may be a good place for you! We are committed to rewarding skill, perseverance and an entrepreneurial attitude with opportunities for growth.

Intrigued? Read on to learn more!

The Production Management Trainee is responsible for developing comprehensive knowledge of plant operations and manufacturing processes.



  • Develops a comprehensive knowledge of Company products and procedures through on-the-job training activities
  • Develops a comprehensive knowledge of panel and lumber grades
  • Develops knowledge of lumber math and efficient utilization of materials; develops full understanding of cuts and yields
  • Learns how to operate the Company’s business system in order to perform required administrative functions
  • Develops detailed knowledge of product costing
  • Develops understanding of the production scheduling process
  • Develops working knowledge of the budget and expense control process
  • Supervises activities consistent with all Company policies, procedures and applicable laws and regulations
  • Develops working knowledge of Continuous Improvement, efficiency standards, and safety
  • Develops working knowledge and understanding of Human Resources policies and practices
  • Develops detailed understanding of operations by touring other UFP facilities and customer locations
  • Completes courses and assignments as directed
  • Prepares various reports as required
  • Performs other duties as required


Job Description: 


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related discipline, or equivalent experience is required
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Excel/spreadsheets is required

Skills and Abilities

  • Proficiency in the use of the English language in reading, writing and speaking
  • Ability to successfully interact with all organizational levels and the public
  • Ability to apply business math to manufacturing processes
  • Ability to recognize value in various products and be able to utilize them in the manufacturing of new products
  • Requires superior analytical, problem solving and engineering skills/aptitude
  • Ability to manage several activities/projects at once, to organize and prioritize work, to meet deadlines, to prepare plans, goals and budgets
  • Ability to be mobile in the work environment, travel as required
  • Ability to use a computer terminal, and proficiency in the use of MS Office and other business related software
  • Ability to pass a drug test


  • Self-managing; works well under little supervision
  • Highly motivated and enthusiastic
  • Good interpersonal skills, and good listener and communicator
  • Process oriented
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Be a team player and support the Company’s goals