In an assembly or manufacturing plant, the individuals who work with items and prepare them for further production/assembly are production technicians. The production technician usually holds an entry-level job in a company; however, a manufacturing company needs production personnel to exercise quality control, operate machinery efficiently and safely, and possess basic math and manual manufacturing abilities.
Typically, a production technician works at fabricating or assembling parts as part of a production or assembly line. This may involve the use of heavy machinery, hand tools, or both. The production technician must adhere to proper procedures at all times, as well as ensure that products he or she works on meet all quality standards before sending those items to the next step of the production process. In many manufacturing companies, preparation processes involve cleaning or chemical solvent baths. If production technicians participate in these processes, they must follow procedures for proper material and equipment handling at this stage.
Production technicians should expect to work on their feet for shifts of as many as eight hours or more in a manufacturing or assembly plant environment. Additionally, the technician may need to lift small loads comfortably. Typically this position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. With many companies, production facilities operate around the clock, so production technicians may work during evening or overnight hours.
Production Technician Tasks
- Set up and operate production equipment and perform basic maintenance on machine.
- Responsible for machine operation and crew in an industrial setting.
- Follow all regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.
- Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.
- Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.