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Manufacturing Production Technician: Education & Programs

Although no formal training is required to become a manufacturing production technician, there are certifications and courses that may be an asset to those pursuing this career. Read on to learn more about how to prepare for a job in this field.

Career Definition of a Manufacturing Production Technician

Manufacturing production technicians may also be known as engineering technicians. They typically work in manufacturing environments where products are being produced. Their role involves ensuring that the equipment needed for production is installed properly and operating correctly. Some of their primary tasks involve inspecting this equipment and recalibrating it or repairing it as needed. They are also responsible for making sure that any necessary safety equipment is installed and working properly.

Once goods are produced manufacturing production technicians will inspect them. They are responsible for ensuring that the products meet expectations and work properly. Issues with the product can indicate a problem with the equipment and after evaluating the products manufacturing production technicians may perform maintenance on the machines used in the production process.

Educational Requirements High school diploma and on-the-job training or postsecondary certificate or associate's degree
Job Skills Communication skills, independent work skills, teamwork skills, mechanical skills, computer skills, physical strength, problem-solving skills
Median Salary (2017)* $52,586
Job Outlook (2016-2026)** 5% (engineering technicians except drafters, all other)

Sources: *PayScale; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

It is possible to become a manufacturing production technician with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training, but it's more common for these professionals to complete a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree. Completing courses that develop basic computers skills may be an asset. Manufacturing production technicians needs to have mechanical skills, so pursuing opportunities to learn about machine repair or studying to be a mechanical engineering technician may increase job prospects for those pursuing employment as a manufacturing production technician. It's also an option to complete certification, such as the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification that provides training in areas such as maintenance, safety and manufacturing processes.

Required Skills

Manufacturing production technicians work with a number of other staff while performing their duties so they need to have strong communication skills. Mechanical skills are important since they spend a lot of their time checking equipment to ensure it works correctly and repairing equipment that's malfunctioning. They may use computers in their work to operate equipment, review information or produce printed materials so basic computer skills are required. Manufacturing production technicians may also be responsible for lifting heavy equipment and working on their feet for long periods of time so they must be in good physical condition. They need problem-solving skills to identify malfunctions and determine how to correct problems with equipment.

Career Outlook and Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides data for 'engineering technicians except drafters, all other' and includes manufacturing production technicians in this career category. While the BLS reports expectations that the average job growth rate for all occupations will be 7% from 2016 to 2026, the BLS indicates the occupational grouping for manufacturing production technicians will only grow by 5% during that same time period. PayScale reports that production/manufacturing technicians earned a median income of $52,586 per year as of 2017.

Related Careers

Aspiring manufacturing production technicians may also be interested in a number of other careers that involve using mechanical skills. Links listed here lead to information about comparable careers that involve working with vehicles, elevators or wind turbines.


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