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Manufacturing Production Technicians
SOC Code: 17-3029.09

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

Sample of reported job titles: Engineering Technician, Experimental Machining Lab Manager, Final Operations Technician, Metallurgical Lab Technician, Quality Assurance Technician, Quality Technician, Service Technician, Support Technician, Tool Room Supervisor, Value Stream Manager

Tasks

  • Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.
  • Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.
  • Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges.
  • Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.
  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.
  • Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.
  • Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.
  • Provide advice or training to other technicians.
  • Select cleaning materials, tools, or equipment.
  • Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.
  • Install new manufacturing equipment.
  • Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures.
  • Start up and shut down processing equipment.
  • Prepare and assemble materials.
  • Keep manufacturing production logs.
  • Measure and record data associated with operating equipment.
  • Build product subassemblies or final assemblies.
  • Prepare production documents, such as standard operating procedures, manufacturing batch records, inventory reports, or productivity reports.
  • Provide production, progress, or changeover reports to shift supervisors.
  • Maintain inventory of job materials.
  • Clean production equipment or work areas.
  • Conduct environmental safety inspections in accordance with standard protocols to ensure that production activities comply with environmental regulations or standards.
  • Transfer hazardous or nonhazardous waste materials to collection areas for disposal, recycling, or reuse.
  • 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.
  • Collect hazardous or nonhazardous waste or scrap materials in correctly labeled barrels or other containers.
  • Package finished products.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Cadence PSpice; Minitab
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; National Instruments Multisim
  • Development environment software - National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Plant maintenance software; SAP
  • Industrial control software - Computer numerical control CNC software; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Label making software - Labeling software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable angle plate - Angle plates
  • Benchtop centrifuges - Laboratory centrifuges
  • Blow molding machines
  • Boring machines - Boring tools
  • Cable splicing kits - Wire splicers
  • Calipers - Dial calipers; Digital calipers; Vernier calipers
  • Comparators - Optical comparators
  • Conductivity meters
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge - Dial indicators
  • Drill press or radial drill - Drill presses
  • Dropping pipettes - Pipettes
  • Electric boilers
  • Extruders - Extruding machines
  • Facial shields - Protective face shields
  • Fiber optic test sources - Optical power meters
  • Flowmeters - In-line flowmeters
  • Forklifts
  • Frequency analyzers - Digital spectrum analyzers
  • Gage block set - Gauge blocks; V blocks
  • Gas generators - Gas-powered generators
  • Go or no go gauge - Go/no-go gauges
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Grinders
  • Height gauges
  • Injection molding machines
  • Integrated circuit testers - Digital logic analyzers; Digital logic probes
  • Interferometers - Optical spectrum analyzers
  • Laboratory filtration hardware or accessories - Filtration systems
  • Laboratory washing machines - Laboratory glassware washers
  • Laser cutting machine - Laser cutting equipment
  • Microcontrollers - Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Micrometers - Digital micrometers
  • Milling machines
  • Optical diffusers - Autocollimators
  • Oscilloscopes - Digital oscilloscopes
  • Osmometers
  • Personal computers
  • pH meters - pH indicators
  • Pin gauge - Pin gauges
  • Pipe bending mandrel - Pipe bending mandrels
  • Pipe reamer - Pipe reamers
  • Power drills
  • Processing tanks - Mixing tanks
  • Protective gloves - Safety gloves
  • Reflectometers - Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Respirators - Air purifying respirators
  • Robot machines - Production robots
  • Rulers - Precision rulers
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Signal generators - Programmable function generators
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers - Steam autoclaves
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Tissue culture incubators - Bioreactors
  • Traveling column milling machine - Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Turbine engines - Power production turbines
  • Vertical turning center - Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes
  • Volumeters - Dilatometers
  • Wave soldering machine - Soldering equipment

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - 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.

Skills

  • 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 - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: RI
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Electronic Mail - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 43% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 59% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Contact With Others - 52% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 70% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 35% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 70% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 57% responded “Very important.”
  • Telephone - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 35% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 35% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 48% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 30% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 30% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 43% responded “Important results.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 48% responded “About half the time.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 61% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Consequence of Error - 35% responded “Fairly serious.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 39% responded “Very important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 35% responded “Very important.”
  • Letters and Memos - 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
26%High school diploma or equivalent
26%Post-secondary certificate
22%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $29.92 hourly, $62,230 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 77,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 7,100

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