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17-3029.09 - Manufacturing Production Technicians

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

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.
  • Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance. Green Task Statement
  • 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. Green Task Statement
  • Transfer hazardous or nonhazardous waste materials to collection areas for disposal, recycling, or reuse. Green Task Statement
  • 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. Green Task Statement
  • Collect hazardous or nonhazardous waste or scrap materials in correctly labeled barrels or other containers. Green Task Statement
  • Package finished products.

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Technology Skills

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

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Work Activities

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Monitor activities affecting environmental quality.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Select project materials.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Install production equipment or systems.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare materials for processing.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems.
  • Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects.
  • Assemble equipment or components.
  • Maintain clean work areas.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Inspect equipment or systems.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials.
  • Package materials for transport.

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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.”

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience 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.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
26   High school diploma or equivalent Help
26   Post-secondary certificate Help
22   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.

Median wages (2016) $29.96 hourly, $62,330 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2016) 77,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Average (5% to 9%) Average (5% to 9%)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 7,100
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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