Production Workers

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Common job titles of Production Workers include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 49.3% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 32.24% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Operate machinery used in the production process, or assist machine operators.

    Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.

    Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify operators of any malfunctions.

    Lift raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using hoists.

    Remove products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines.

    Pack and store materials and products.

    Place products in equipment or on work surfaces for further processing, inspecting, or wrapping.

    Transfer finished products, raw materials, tools, or equipment between storage and work areas of plants and warehouses, by hand or using hand trucks or powered lift trucks.

    Start machines or equipment to begin production processes.

    Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment.

    Load and unload items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances.

    Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete.

    Signal coworkers to direct them to move products during the production process.

    Turn valves to regulate flow of liquids or air, to reverse machines, to start pumps, or to regulate equipment.

    Wash work areas, machines, equipment, vehicles, or products.

    Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production.

    Clean and lubricate equipment.

    Mark or tag identification on parts.

    Read gauges or charts, and record data obtained.

    Cut or break flashing from materials or products.

    Measure amounts of products, lengths of extruded articles, or weights of filled containers to ensure conformance to specifications.

    Prepare raw materials for processing.

    Separate products according to weight, grade, size, or composition of materials used to produce them.

    Unclamp and hoist full reels from braiding, winding, or other fabricating machines, using power hoists.

    Attach slings, ropes, or cables to objects such as pipes, hoses, or bundles.

    Tie products in bundles for further processing or shipment, following prescribed procedures.

    Mix ingredients according to specified procedures or formulas.

    Break up defective products for reprocessing.

    Position spouts or chutes of storage bins so that containers can be filled.

    Dump materials such as prepared ingredients into machine hoppers prior to mixing.

    Change machine gears, using wrenches.

    Fold products and product parts during processing.

    Thread ends of items such as thread, cloth, and lace through needles and rollers, and around take-up tubes.

    Perform minor repairs to machines, such as replacing damaged or worn parts.


Utility knives

Straight screwdrivers

Staple guns

Soldering equipment

Skid steer loaders

Razor knives

Ratcheting box wrenches

All Tools

Pressure wands

Precision files

Power saws

Power sanders

Power nail guns

Power hoists

Power grinders

Power drills

Platform ladders


Pipe wrenches

Pipe jacks

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Measuring tapes

Material-hoisting slings

Locking pliers

Label-making machines


Industrial vacuum cleaners

Industrial platform scales

Hydraulic winches

Hydraulic booms


Hand saws

Hand jacks

Grease guns


Crescent wrenches

Claw hammers

Adjustable wrenches


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

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