Manufacturing associates are tasked with assisting manufacturing processes and related activities on behalf of their companies, such as operating manufacturing machinery to produce products. These associates work in a team setting with other staff to reach production goals within given time-frames and report their progress to a manufacturing manager in their department. They work primarily in a production environment and should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and lift heavy objects, as well as wear protective gear such as boots, vests, and gloves.
Manufacturing associates help inspect products after they are produced to resolve any issues before shipping, and also help clean equipment and fill out manufacturing documents for future use. They should have strong interpersonal skills to share information about the speed and care of the manufacturing process and must follow strict safety guidelines to prevent accidents while operating machinery. They must keep accurate inventory of products, maintain a clean work area, order new supplies as necessary, fill out logs correctly, help identify potential problems during production, and escalate problems to the closest supervision.
Manufacturing associates may attend company meetings to suggest ways to improve productivity and efficiency to reduce waste of resources, and also help label tools and items needed for the manufacturing phase, such as pliers, scissors, and markers. These also help with calibration and operating a personal computer for basic data input, and may collaborate by packing and setting up finished products in different areas to be reviewed. A high school diploma may be a minimum requirement for this position, and prior work experience in manufacturing is highly beneficial.
Manufacturing Associate Tasks
Understand and apply safety and quality guidelines, meeting all regulations.
Move products, supplies and inventory to support production.
Monitor equipment and production to increase production and make recommendations.
Assist staff with preparation and production, including training and explaining technical concepts.