Manufacturing Production Technicians

Manufacturing > Manufacturing Production Process Development

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery or equipment, using any combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies.

Common job titles of Manufacturing Production Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 26.09% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 26.09% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Provide advice or training to other technicians.

    Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.

    Provide production, progress, or changeover reports to shift supervisors.

    Prepare and assemble materials.

    Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.

    Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.

    Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.

    Measure and record data associated with operating equipment.

    Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.

    Clean production equipment or work areas.

    Select cleaning materials, tools, or equipment.

    Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.

    Start up and shut down processing equipment.

    Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.

    Keep manufacturing production logs.

    Separate scrap or waste materials for recycling, reuse, or environmentally sound disposal.

    Maintain inventory of job materials.

    Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges.

    Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures.

    Build product subassemblies or final assemblies.

    Transfer hazardous or nonhazardous waste materials to collection areas for disposal, recycling, or reuse.

    Conduct environmental safety inspections in accordance with standard protocols to ensure that production activities comply with environmental regulations or standards.

    Clean scrap materials for recycling or reuse, such as preparing aluminum scrap for cold-bonding processes or preparing paper for pulping or ink removal processes.

    Ship packages, following carrier specifications.

    Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.

    Prepare production documents, such as standard operating procedures, manufacturing batch records, inventory reports, or productivity reports.

    Package finished products.

    Collect hazardous or nonhazardous waste or scrap materials in correctly labeled barrels or other containers.

    Install new manufacturing equipment.

    Build packaging for finished products.


Wire strippers

Wire splicers

Vernier calipers

V blocks

Straight screwdrivers

Steam autoclaves

Soldering equipment

All Tools

Safety goggles

Safety gloves

Protective face shields

Programmable logic controllers PLC

Programmable function generators

Production robots

Precision rulers

Power production turbines

Power drills


Pipe reamers

Pipe bending mandrels

Pin gauges

Phillips head screwdrivers

pH indicators

Personal computers


Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR

Optical spectrum analyzers

Optical power meters

Optical comparators

Mixing tanks

Milling machines

Laser cutting equipment

Laboratory glassware washers

Laboratory centrifuges

Injection molding machines

In-line flowmeters

Height gauges


Go/no-go gauges

Gauge blocks

Gas-powered generators


Filtration systems

Extruding machines

Electric boilers

Drill presses


Digital spectrum analyzers

Digital oscilloscopes

Digital micrometers

Digital logic probes

Digital logic analyzers

Digital calipers

Dial indicators

Dial calipers

Desktop computers

Conductivity meters

Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines

Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes

Boring tools

Blow molding machines



Angle plates

Air purifying respirators



National Instruments LabVIEW

National Instruments Multisim

Plant maintenance software

Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software

Cadence PSpice

Computer numerical control CNC software

All Technologies

Enterprise JavaBeans

Labeling software


Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Critical Thinking

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


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.

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.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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Occupation Sections



Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Production and Processing

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


Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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

English Language

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

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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