Manufacturing Production Technicians
SOC: 17-3029.09


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technician
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Process Technician
  • Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Process Engineer
  • Product Introduction Manager
  • Production Technician
  • Production Technician, Semiconductor Processing Equipment
  • Research and Development Machinist
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician
  • Solar Hot Water Heater Manufacturing Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Collect hazardous or non-hazardous waste in correctly labeled barrels or other containers and transfer them to collection areas.
  • Build product subassemblies or final assemblies.
  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.
  • Prepare and assemble materials.
  • Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures.
  • Build packaging for finished products.
  • 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.
  • Keep production logs.
  • Maintain inventory of job materials.
  • Package finished products.
  • Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.
  • 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.
  • Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.
  • Start up and shut down processing equipment.
  • Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.
  • Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.
  • Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.
  • Clean production equipment or work areas.
  • Install new equipment.
  • Measure and record data associated with operating equipment.
  • Provide advice or training to other technicians.
  • Select cleaning materials, tools, or equipment.
  • Ship packages, following carrier specifications.
  • 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.
  • Conduct environmental safety inspections in accordance with standard protocols to ensure production activities comply with environmental regulations or standards.
  • Separate scrap or waste materials for recycling, reuse, or environmentally sound disposal.
  • Transfer hazardous or non-hazardous waste materials to collection areas for disposal, recycling, or reuse.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air purifying respirators
  • Angle plates
  • Autocollimators
  • Bioreactors
  • Blow molding machines
  • Boring tools
  • Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes
  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Conductivity meters
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Dial indicators
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital logic analyzers
  • Digital logic probes
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital spectrum analyzers
  • Dilatometers
  • Drill presses
  • Electric boilers
  • Extruding machines
  • Filtration systems
  • Forklifts
  • Gas-powered generators
  • Gauge blocks
  • Go/no-go gauges
  • Grinders
  • Height gauges
  • In-line flowmeters
  • Injection molding machines
  • Laboratory centrifuges
  • Laboratory glassware washers
  • Laser cutting equipment
  • Milling machines
  • Mixing tanks
  • Optical comparators
  • Optical power meters
  • Optical spectrum analyzers
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Osmometers
  • Personal computers
  • pH indicators
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pin gauges
  • Pipe bending mandrels
  • Pipe reamers
  • Pipettes
  • Power drills
  • Power production turbines
  • Precision rulers
  • Production robots
  • Programmable function generators
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Protective face shields
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Soldering equipment
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • V blocks
  • Vernier calipers
  • Wire splicers
  • Wire strippers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Computer numerical control CNC software
  • Labeling software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • National Instruments Multisim
  • Oracle software
  • Plant maintenance software
  • SAP software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980