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What Does it Take to Be a Manufacturing Production Technician?

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

What Do Manufacturing Production Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Clean production equipment or work areas.
  • Build packaging for finished products.
  • Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.
  • Start up and shut down processing equipment.
  • Collect hazardous or nonhazardous waste or scrap materials in correctly labeled barrels or other containers.
  • Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures.

Things a Manufacturing Production Technician Should Know How to Do

These are the skills Manufacturing Production Technicians say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Other Manufacturing Production Technician Job Titles

  • Operations Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Support Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Manufacturing Process Technician

Is There Job Demand for Manufacturing Production Technicians?

In the United States, there were 76,800 jobs for Manufacturing Production Technician in 2016. 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. There will be an estimated 7,100 positions for Manufacturing Production Technician per year.

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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 salary for Manufacturing Production Technicians ranges between about $36,120 and $98,720 a year.

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

How much do Manufacturing Production Technicians make in each U.S. state?

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

Tools & Technologies Used by Manufacturing Production Technicians

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Manufacturing Production Technicians:

  • 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

How to Become a Manufacturing Production Technician

Education needed to be a Manufacturing Production Technician:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Manufacturing Production Technicians?

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

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