Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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.
Soldering equipmentAll Tools
Protective face shields
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Programmable function generators
Power production turbines
Pipe bending mandrels
Phillips head screwdrivers
Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
Optical spectrum analyzers
Optical power meters
Laser cutting equipment
Laboratory glassware washers
Injection molding machines
Digital spectrum analyzers
Digital logic probes
Digital logic analyzers
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes
Blow molding machines
Air purifying respirators
National Instruments LabVIEW
National Instruments Multisim
Plant maintenance software
Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
Computer numerical control CNC softwareAll Technologies
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
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.