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Manufacturing Production Technicians

At a Glance

  • Work with their hands to install, test, and fix manufacturing equipment
  • Work with technologists and engineers
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Have a one-year certificate or a two-year degree
  • Ensure quality and safety

Career summary

Manufacturing production technicians set up, test, and adjust manufacturing machinery and equipment.

Manufacturing production technicians are supervised by production managers and manufacturing engineers. They assist managers in developing, building, and testing new processes for manufacturing.

They install new equipment and make sure it is set up according to standards and that standard operating procedures are followed. Production technicians make sure that all health, safety, and environmental regulations are followed.

After equipment is set up, technicians calibrate and adjust the equipment so that it runs efficiently and safely.

Technicians provide training to other technicians on how to use equipment. They write production documents such as standard operating procedures. They make sure workers meet production quotas.

Production technicians inspect finished products to make sure they meet quality standards. They also ensure the production line follows the rules for safety and environmental impact. They may write inventory and productivity reports. They also keep manufacturing batch records.

When needed, technicians move equipment or set up new machines.

Related careers

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to manufacturing production technicians.

Common work activities

Manufacturing production technicians perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, manufacturing production technicians:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Manufacturing production technicians frequently:

It is important for manufacturing production technicians to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for manufacturing production technicians to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Manufacturing production technicians need to:


Reason and problem solve

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Work with things

Perceive and visualize

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a manufacturing production technician, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Most people prepare for this occupation by getting a one-year certificate in manufacturing production after high school. Many community colleges and vocational schools offer one-year programs in this field. Some also offer associate degrees in this or a related field, such as industrial engineering technology.

It is important to verify the kind and quality of manufacturing production programs. Carefully select your program. Make sure the school has the type of training you want, up-to-date equipment, and qualified instructors. Check with employers to see which schools they prefer. Ask the schools for the names of employers where they have placed graduates.

Training programs approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) meet standards set by the industry. Graduating from an ABET accredited program can give you an advantage with employers.

Pre-engineering programs are not the same as technician programs. Pre-engineering programs stress classroom theory. In contrast, manufacturing production programs stress hands-on training.

Work experience

Working in jobs that give you practical experience is good background for this occupation. For instance, repairing, installing, or assembling devices and equipment is good experience for manufacturing production technician jobs.

On-the-job training

As a new technician, you perform routine tasks while closely supervised by an experienced technician or engineer. As you gain experience, you work on tasks that are more difficult. Training may last a month up to a year.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum (external link) may be different from your state's graduation requirements (external link). Manufacturing production technicians use advanced math. Try to take math through Trigonometry.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups (PDF file) that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Employers look for manufacturing production technicians who have a certificate in manufacturing production. Employers also seek applicants with strong technical and mechanical skills. Good communication skills are very important because technicians work with engineers and other team members. An interest in math and science is also important. Previous experience in a manufacturing setting is attractive to employers.

Costs to workers

Some workers may wish to join a professional association, which may have annual dues. Workers who become union members pay an initiation fee and annual dues.


Certification is optional for Manufacturing Production Technicians.

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) (external link) offers a credential as a Certified Production Technician (CPT).

#Checked link 11/29/16, 4/10/19 cj.


Currently, there is no specific statewide wage information available for manufacturing production technicians. However, this occupation is part of the larger group called "all other engineering technicians (except drafters)."

Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other (SOC 17-3029)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $21.22 $27.39 $36.79 $44.63 $48.71
Monthly $3,677 $4,747 $6,376 $7,734 $8,441
Yearly $44,130 $56,970 $76,530 $92,830 $101,310
    Bellingham Hourly $21.89 $26.48 $35.31 $39.86 $45.85
Monthly $3,794 $4,589 $6,119 $6,908 $7,946
Yearly $45,538 $55,083 $73,445 $82,918 $95,376
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $33.10 $37.88 $42.81 $46.71 $50.61
Monthly $5,736 $6,565 $7,419 $8,095 $8,771
Yearly $68,841 $78,790 $89,057 $97,153 $105,253
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $19.93 $22.85 $30.44 $37.99 $45.16
Monthly $3,454 $3,960 $5,275 $6,584 $7,826
Yearly $41,464 $47,533 $63,311 $79,013 $93,928
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $17.08 $19.23 $34.14 $38.60 $44.46
Monthly $2,960 $3,333 $5,916 $6,689 $7,705
Yearly $35,539 $39,991 $71,024 $80,296 $92,474
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $20.64 $24.52 $30.21 $40.96 $49.63
Monthly $3,577 $4,249 $5,235 $7,098 $8,601
Yearly $42,929 $50,993 $62,825 $85,207 $103,236
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $14.66 $18.58 $24.01 $32.94 $38.28
Monthly $2,541 $3,220 $4,161 $5,709 $6,634
Yearly $30,502 $38,651 $49,945 $68,513 $79,616
    Vancouver Hourly $18.23 $22.23 $27.51 $33.23 $41.35
Monthly $3,159 $3,852 $4,767 $5,759 $7,166
Yearly $37,919 $46,235 $57,219 $69,122 $85,996
    Yakima Hourly $12.14 $15.59 $19.92 $26.62 $29.14
Monthly $2,104 $2,702 $3,452 $4,613 $5,050
Yearly $25,237 $32,419 $41,432 $55,360 $60,608
United States Hourly $17.36 $22.84 $30.38 $38.79 $47.46
Monthly $3,008 $3,958 $5,265 $6,722 $8,225
Yearly $36,120 $47,500 $63,200 $80,670 $98,720

Pay varies with the worker's level of education, responsibility, and experience. Those who work in manufacturing may belong to a union. When they work overtime or on holidays, they are usually paid more than their usual wage.

Full-time technicians generally receive benefits. Typical benefits are health insurance, a retirement plan, sick leave, and paid vacation. Some companies provide money for continuing education classes.

National wage information is not available specifically for manufacturing production technicians. However, they are part of the larger group of "all other engineering technicians."

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

#Currently, there is no specific statewide outlook information available for manufacturing production technicians. However, this occupation is part of the larger group called "all other engineering technicians (except drafters).”

#Added statement about being part of larger group & set outlook table for SOC 17-3029 in IA database to display on website, 3/2/15 cj.

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other (SOC 17-3029)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 2,615 7.2% 16.1% 267
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 34 0.0% 13.4% 3
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 75 5.3% 8.6% 7
    Benton and Franklin Counties 140 -2.1% 15.0% 11
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 1,112 1.6% 11.9% 99
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 76 7.9% 15.2% 8
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 77 11.7% 14.6% 8
    King County 637 15.4% 19.6% 78
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 20 5.0% 13.8% 2
    Pierce County 164 23.8% 15.2% 24
    Snohomish County 133 6.0% 12.4% 13
    Spokane County 86 2.3% 13.9% 8
United States 87,100 2.6% 5.2% 8,800

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation is expected to be slower than average. Advances in technology such as computer-aided design and computer simulation are allowing technicians to be more productive. However, technicians will be needed to improve and update manufacturing facilities and product designs. Demand will also occur as the green sector of the economy demands new environmentally friendly products and more efficient manufacturing.

Job prospects will be best for those with formal training and experience.

Employment and outlook information is not available specifically for manufacturing production technicians. However, they are part of the larger group of "all other engineering technicians."

Other resources

Association for Manufacturing Technology (external link)
7901 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
BLS Career Outlook 2018 (external link)
You're a what? Robotics Technician
Engineer Girl! (external link)
National Academy of Engineering
Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (external link)
901 N Washington St. Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
MCMA: Motion Control and Motor Association (external link)
900 Victors Way, Suite 140
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
National Tooling & Machining Association (external link)
1357 Rockside Road
Cleveland, OH 44134
Precision Metalforming Association (external link)
6363 Oak Tree Boulevard
Independence, OH 44131
Technology Student Association (external link)
1904 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1540
The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (external link)
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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