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What Does it Take to Be a Manufacturing Production Technician?

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

Life As a Manufacturing Production Technician

  • Build packaging for finished products.
  • Conduct environmental safety inspections in accordance with standard protocols to ensure that production activities comply with environmental regulations or standards.
  • Provide production, progress, or changeover reports to shift supervisors.
  • Prepare production documents, such as standard operating procedures, manufacturing batch records, inventory reports, or productivity reports.
  • 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.

Qualities of a Manufacturing Production Technician

Manufacturing Production Technicians state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

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

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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

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.

Types of Manufacturing Production Technician Jobs

  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Manufacturing Process Technician
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Field Service Technician

Manufacturing Production Technician Job Outlook

There were about 76,800 jobs for Manufacturing Production Technician in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.2% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,000 new jobs for Manufacturing Production Technician by 2026. The BLS estimates 7,100 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Manufacturing Production Technician are Utah, Nevada, and Connecticut. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, West Virginia, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Manufacturing Production Technicians Salary

The average yearly salary of a Manufacturing Production Technician ranges between $36,120 and $98,720.

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Manufacturing Production Technicians who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Maine, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Manufacturing Production Technicians in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $59,380
Alaska $71,850
Arizona $59,210
Arkansas $60,310
California $71,420
Colorado $63,590
Connecticut $64,510
Delaware $51,380
District of Columbia $92,600
Florida $58,860
Georgia $59,830
Hawaii $76,070
Idaho $55,540
Illinois $63,760
Indiana $58,450
Iowa $57,620
Kansas $65,870
Kentucky $58,880
Louisiana $59,930
Maine $79,670
Maryland $84,790
Massachusetts $64,220
Michigan $64,270
Minnesota $57,440
Mississippi $60,500
Missouri $59,830
Montana $59,810
Nebraska $57,630
Nevada $71,330
New Hampshire $57,730
New Jersey $75,380
New Mexico $78,160
New York $63,780
North Carolina $63,600
North Dakota $75,030
Ohio $61,060
Oklahoma $63,790
Oregon $56,890
Pennsylvania $57,210
Rhode Island $73,240
South Carolina $70,820
South Dakota $51,110
Tennessee $57,800
Texas $66,630
Utah $56,480
Vermont $58,960
Virginia $77,280
Washington $74,810
West Virginia $70,550
Wisconsin $58,780
Wyoming $67,110

What Tools & Technology do Manufacturing Production Technicians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Manufacturing Production Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Data entry software
  • SAP
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Minitab
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Enterprise JavaBeans
  • Cadence PSpice
  • National Instruments Multisim
  • Computer numerical control CNC software
  • Labeling software

Becoming a Manufacturing Production Technician

What kind of Manufacturing Production Technician requirements are there?

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What work experience do I need to become a Manufacturing Production Technician?

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Manufacturing Production Technicians Sector

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The table below shows the approximate number of Manufacturing Production Technicians employed by various industries.

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Those thinking about becoming a Manufacturing Production Technician might also be interested in the following careers:

Those who work as a Manufacturing Production Technician sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:

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