Manufacturing Production Technicians

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

Median Annual Wage: $61,580

Education: Post-secondary certificate (32%); Associate's degree (27%); Bachelor's degree (27%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Research and Development Machinist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Manufacturing Production Technicians.

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  • Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.
  • Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges.
  • Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.
  • Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.
  • Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.
  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.
  • Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.
  • Start up and shut down processing equipment.
  • Prepare and assemble materials.
  • Provide advice or training to other technicians.
  • Measure and record data associated with operating equipment.
  • Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures.
  • Prepare production documents, such as standard operating procedures, manufacturing batch records, inventory reports, or productivity reports.
  • Install new equipment.
  • Keep production logs.
  • Clean production equipment or work areas.
  • Collect hazardous or non-hazardous waste in correctly labeled barrels or other containers and transfer them to collection areas.
  • Provide production, progress, or changeover reports to shift supervisors.
  • Select cleaning materials, tools, or equipment.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Manufacturing Production Technicians.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Manufacturing Production Technicians.

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