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Manufacturing Production Technicians

Set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery or equipment, using any combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies.   (O'Net 17-3029.09)

 
Reported job titles:   Advanced Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Engineer, Manufacturing Process Technician, Manufacturing Production Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Process Engineer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other which includes:
                          - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
                          - Electrical Engineering Technologists
                          - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
                          - Electronics Engineering Technologists
                          - Industrial Engineering Technologists
                          - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
                          - Mechanical Engineering Technologists
                          - Photonics Technicians
                          - Manufacturing Production Technicians
                          - Fuel Cell Technicians
                          - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
                          - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 16.43   $ 20.69   $ 23.55   $ 29.04   $ 36.49   $ 25.16  
    Yearly $34,180   $43,040   $48,980   $60,390   $75,910   $52,320  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 19.56   $ 21.23   $ 23.47   $ 32.34   $ 36.34   $ 25.07  
    Yearly $40,680   $44,160   $48,820   $67,270   $75,580   $52,140  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other which includes:
                                  - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
                                  - Electrical Engineering Technologists
                                  - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
                                  - Electronics Engineering Technologists
                                  - Industrial Engineering Technologists
                                  - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
                                  - Mechanical Engineering Technologists
                                  - Photonics Technicians
                                  - Manufacturing Production Technicians
                                  - Fuel Cell Technicians
                                  - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
                                  - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
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    Industries of Employment
    for Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other which includes:
                                - Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
                                - Electrical Engineering Technologists
                                - Electromechanical Engineering Technologists
                                - Electronics Engineering Technologists
                                - Industrial Engineering Technologists
                                - Manufacturing Engineering Technologists
                                - Mechanical Engineering Technologists
                                - Photonics Technicians
                                - Manufacturing Production Technicians
                                - Fuel Cell Technicians
                                - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
                                - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Manufacturing 23.1%
    Federal government, all industries 21.6%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 10.3%
    Scientific research and development services 6.6%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 3.8%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.
     
  • Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.
     
  • Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.
     
  • Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges.
     
  • Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.
     
  • Start up and shut down processing equipment.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Manufacturing Production Technicians
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Manufacturing Production Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Computer Hardware Technology/Technician.
     
    • Hydraulics and Fluid Power Technology/Technician.
     
    • Packaging Science. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Manufacturing Production Technicians 
     

     
     
     
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