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Working As A Materials Technician

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Materials Technician Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Materials Technician

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Materials Technician Career Paths

Materials Technician
Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate Consultant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Research Associate Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Specialist Consultant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Project Manager Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Construction Inspector Project Engineer Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Buyer Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Buyer Warehouse Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Purchasing Agent Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Purchasing Agent Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Manufacturing Supervisor Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Materials Clerk 3.5 years
Storeroom Clerk 3.5 years
Supply Technician 3.5 years
Technician 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Materials Technician
Cashier 7.6%
Technician 7.1%
Supervisor 4.2%
Internship 3.7%
Operator 3.0%
Assembler 2.9%
Top Careers After Materials Technician
Technician 8.9%
Cashier 5.9%
Driver 5.7%
Inspector 3.9%
Owner 3.5%

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Materials Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

63.0%

Female

26.1%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.5%

Portuguese

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

German

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

French

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Polish

2.0%

Korean

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Materials Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.2%

Community College of the Air Force

7.9%

Texas A&M University

5.5%

Ashford University

4.8%

The Academy

4.8%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.2%

Monroe Community College

4.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.6%

University of Akron

3.6%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

University of Kentucky

3.6%

Gateway Technical College

3.6%

Northern Illinois University

3.6%

Liberty University

3.6%

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

3.0%

Strayer University

3.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

28.5%

Civil Engineering

6.6%

General Studies

5.7%

Accounting

5.3%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Management

3.9%

Supply Chain Management

3.9%

Psychology

3.7%

Computer Information Systems

3.7%

Biology

3.2%

Computer Science

3.1%

Nursing

3.0%

Medical Technician

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Education

2.7%

Chemistry

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Information Technology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.1%

Other

30.5%

Associate

17.9%

Masters

7.9%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

2.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$26,000
Min 10%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
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$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$77,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Charles River Systems
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Materials Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Materials Technician in the United States is $45,108 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $77,000.

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Top Skills for A Materials Technician

  1. Laboratory Equipment
  2. Safety Regulations
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Calibrated and perform routine maintenance on field and laboratory equipment.
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Assisted in daily problem solving for purchase orders while maintaining communication with purchasing personnel.
  • Stock, and supply all medical and/or office supplies.
  • Maintained and strengthened customer relationships by providing higher levels of customer service and communication during the project life cycle.

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