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Working As A Production Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $43,619

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
  • Collect data to assist in process improvement activities

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

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How To Become A Production Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Production Technician Career Paths

Production Technician
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Engineering Technician Manufacturing Engineer
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Technician Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Laboratory Technician
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Technician Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Process Technician 3.9 years
Blend Technician 3.6 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 10.7%
Technician 7.1%
Internship 4.8%
Assembler 3.6%
Operator 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Manager 3.3%
Top Employers After
Technician 8.9%
Cashier 4.5%
Assembler 3.4%
Supervisor 3.2%

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Production Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

68.1%

Female

30.2%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.9%

French

10.3%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Carrier

3.2%

Italian

2.8%

Portuguese

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Mandarin

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Cantonese

1.6%

Korean

1.2%

Swahili

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Malay

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Polish

0.8%
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Production Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Hinds Community College

11.0%

Jackson State University

8.0%

Holmes Community College

5.7%

Community College of the Air Force

5.4%

Middle Tennessee State University

5.1%

Tri-County Technical College

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

Utah State University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

Iowa State University

3.7%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.4%

Purdue University

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Marshall University

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Wake Technical Community College

2.6%
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Majors

Business

21.7%

Electrical Engineering

11.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

7.4%

Communication

6.5%

General Studies

5.3%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Computer Science

4.1%

Industrial Technology

3.8%

Biology

3.7%

Accounting

3.6%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Information Technology

3.0%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.7%

Mechanical Engineering

2.7%

Photography

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Computer Networking

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

32.1%

Bachelors

31.2%

Associate

20.1%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

6.4%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.3%
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Real Production Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Staff Production Technologist Shell Exploration and Production Company New Orleans, LA Sep 08, 2013 $180,000
Staff Production Technologist Shell Exploration and Production Company New Orleans, LA Sep 08, 2013 $162,000
Production Technologist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2015 $148,800
Production Technologist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 11, 2014 $144,500
Production Technologist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2014 $132,700
Production Technologist Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. Houston, TX Dec 15, 2014 $132,700
Production Technologist Shell U.S. Hosting Company Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $125,500
Production Technologist Shell Exploration and Production Company Houston, TX Sep 13, 2014 $124,000
Production Technologist Shell International Exploration & Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 02, 2012 $115,000
Production Technologist Shell International Exploration &Amp; Production I Houston, TX Sep 10, 2011 $113,000
Production Technologist-Artificial Lift Shell International Exploration & Production Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2010 $112,100
Access Production Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Canonsburg, PA Oct 09, 2016 $105,040
Access Production Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Canonsburg, PA Sep 10, 2016 $105,040
Production Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $103,000
Access Production Technologist Schlumberger Technology Corporation Denver, CO Jan 12, 2014 $87,519
Production Technician III Medimmune, LLC Frederick, MD Sep 14, 2015 $62,548
Pilot Production Technician II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Nov 30, 2015 $61,059
Production Technician III Medimmune, LLC Frederick, MD Aug 23, 2016 $57,487
Pilot Production Technician II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Nov 30, 2012 $56,820
Pilot Production Technician II Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2014 $56,420
Production Technician II Medimmune, LLC Frederick, MD Aug 17, 2015 $55,016
Pilot Production Technician Medimmune, LLC Frederick, MD Sep 14, 2013 $48,599
Pilot Production Technician I Medimmune, LLC Gaithersburg, MD Oct 01, 2011 $47,008
Bim/Cad/Production Technician Glumac San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2014 $46,749
Audio and Production Technician Woodmont Christian Church Nashville, TN Apr 18, 2013 $46,436
Audio and Production Technician Woodmont Christian Church Nashville, TN Apr 13, 2013 $46,436
Production Technician DR. Hwa Youn Kim DDS, Inc. Sacramento, CA May 31, 2016 $45,510

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Top Skills for A Production Technician

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  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Production Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Handled volatile chemicals using approved safety procedures and equipment.
  • Performed required preventative maintenance on all machinery in my department.
  • Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.
  • Operated a furnace in a full production glass manufacturing plant monitoring temperature and manufacturing of raw materials into finished products.
  • Operate individually and as a team member to maintain a running assembly line.

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