What does a Production Technician do?
Production technicians prepare, operate, and maintain equipment, generally in a manufacturing or production environment. They perform routine maintenance and repairs to keep equipment in good working order. They also inspect raw materials and final products, performing quality control evaluations to confirm items meet established standards. They are accountable for ensuring the facility maintains a safe and healthy work environment. They maintain production logs and other documentation.
Production technicians typically have at least a high school diploma, although additional training or education is an asset. They commonly have a background in production, logistics, or related roles. Must be able to stay calm in a fast-paced environment where they may be expected to meet production quotas. These roles may be physically challenging and require heavy lifting, climbing, and standing for long periods of time.
- Check product to ensure versions and quantities are correct.
- Perform data collection and prepare reports in order to meet reporting requirements.
- Operate shop equipment in a safe and approved manner.
- Manage multiple work orders on multiple output stations (if applicable).
- Ensure daily paperwork is submitted accurately and on time.
- Maintain consumption, waste records and fills out the daily logbook.
- Responsible for loading, unloading, and maintaining material to assigned machine units.
- Frequent use of various hand and power tools to include but not limited to air and hydraulic torque tools.
- Operate material handling equipment to move parts in and out of the work station.
- Prepare and stage material as needed.
- Report data and interface with other employees and departments.
- Carry out work in a safe manner, notifying management of safety issues and risks.
- Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in applied sciences, civil engineering, electronics or mechanical engineering, or equivalent experience.
- A leader and problem solver with sound critical thinking and attention to detail.
- Demonstrated strong work ethic and dexterity on the job.
- Will strive for continuous improvement.
- Experience with loading, calibration, computing, laser cutting, and feeds.
- Skilled at time management and prioritization.
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“Most of the people I worked with in the control room were really nice and great to work with.”
“The fellow production technicians that were there when I left were great and the pay was good.”
“I got lucky with my cohort and met some really great friends while working here.”
“Communication throughout the company isn't the best and things take a while to get done.”
“Good for college student who could use some extra cash or maybe as a second job.”
“You could be the best plant tech they’ve ever seen but it doesn’t matter.”
“My first day my boss tells me that I have to clean the bathrooms and every one takes a shift because there's no janitor.”
“I felt that my manager as well as an engineer were difficult to communicate with and undermining me along the way.”
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When working as a Production Technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Written Communication, Operational Excellence, PDF, Dexterity and Attention To Detail.
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The most common qualifications to become a Production Technician is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.