Lead manufacturing technicians are responsible for creating a wide range of material products in the manufacturing field. This is a leadership position which also involves overseeing other employees to ensure their productivity within the manufacturing process.
When new techniques are introduced or problems are detected, lead technicians should administer training to subordinate employees. As the goal of the job is to increase productivity and cost-effectiveness, they may be expected to develop innovative plans to do so. They must always stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and equipment in the field, and should implement new machinery and methods when necessary. They may also be given a budget and required to work within its restraints. The ability to motivate employees and increase employee morale is also important for the position.
Hiring duties, including interviewing and reviewing resumes, may be assigned to lead technicians by some employers, and employee evaluations may also be required. Those in this position may also issue warnings and disciplinary actions to employees when necessary and fire them if problems cannot be resolved. Aside from supervisory duties, they may have regular manufacturing duties, as well.
A high school diploma and at least a few years of experience in the manufacturing field are generally required for this position, and those with supervisory experience are often preferred by employers.
Lead Manufacturing Technician Tasks
Perform equipment duties in production according to standard operating procedures.
Assist with daily manufacturing operations in manufacturing facility.
Maintain records in a facility environment.
Confirm correct materials and appropriate quantities are used, report any discrepancies.
Lead team in the operational activities of the department.