Manufacturing Production Technicians

Manufacturing Production Technician Tests Bottling Machine

Manufacturing production technicians set up, monitor, maintain, test, and repair manufacturing machinery and equipment to ensure its proper operation in various industries. They may use a combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and computer technologies in their work. Other titles for manufacturing production technicians may be engineering technicians, quality assurance technicians, or service technicians, to name just a few. There are approximately 74,290 engineering technicians (except drafters) employed in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Engineering Technicians, Quality Assurance Technicians, Service Technicians
Duties Set up, test, maintain, and repair manufacturing machinery and equipment
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with high employment in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience One to two years experience; apprenticeship or on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, Manager
  • Senior Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Skilled Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Journeyman Manufacturing Production Technician
  • Apprentice Manufacturing Production Technician