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Manufacturing Production Technicians

Also called: Research and Development Machinist

What they do:
Set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery or equipment, using any combination of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Plant maintenance software
  • SAP software
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • National Instruments Multisim
Analytical or scientific software
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Minitab software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

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