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Manufacturing Technician

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€24k > 44
Manufacturing / Process Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 44
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Employment growth was at the national average; opportunities for technicians are likely to be due to replacement requirements rather than growth. The demand is largely for roles in high tech manufacturing especially for those with experience. Three new apprenticeships in this area will help to address identified skills shortage.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Occupational Category

Science & Engineering Technicians

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Part time workers: 5%
Male / Female: 65 / 35%
Non-Nationals: 7%
With Third Level: 70%
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At a Glance... header image

Helps to design, develop and improve the systems that convert raw materials into finished products.

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Lynsey Gargan
Manufacturing Engineer
After her Leaving Cert, Lynsey chose to do a Mechanical Engineering course in DIT. She had taken work experience in IBM during the summer months, and applied for a position there when one became available after she Graduated. She chose the Manufacturing Process option in Year 2 of the course and now works as a Manufacturing Process Engineer.
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Owen Hughes
Manufacturing Technician
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The Work header image

Production engineering technicians work in a wide range of industries and production areas, including food processing, electronics assembly, pharmaceuticals and textiles.

Their role is to help design, develop and improve production systems. In large companies, production engineering technicians often specialise in a particular area of production.

In design offices, they prepare plans and designs for production systems, and calculate costs. They use computer-aided design (CAD) technology to produce a computer model of the new or improved system. They may help to work out the cost of any new technology that must be added to make the system more efficient.

Manufacturing is a fast-changing area - it uses sophisticated equipment such as lasers, computer technology, automated assembly machines and robotics. Production engineering technicians install the production system's machinery, testing it to make sure it works properly.

Once production has begun, they make sure that all machinery is safe and working to full capacity. They may supervise teams of maintenance workers to locate, diagnose and repair any faults in the machinery. Some production engineering technicians are involved in quality assurance work.

This means they test the product at key stages in the system, to make sure the process is safe and running smoothly, and that the product is of high quality.

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.


Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.


Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.


Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges.


Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.


Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.


Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.


Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.


Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.


Start up and shut down processing equipment.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment: Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a production engineering technician, you need:

  • An understanding of production and engineering processes.
  • An interest in maths, science and technology.
  • To be willing to develop new knowledge, and keep up to date with advances in technology.
  • To enjoy solving problems.
  • A thorough, logical and methodical approach to your work.
  • Good interpersonal skills, to work closely with manufacturing systems engineers, other engineering technicians, craftspeople and production workers.
  • To be able to learn and follow safety procedures.
  • A strong sense of responsibility for others.
  • Numeracy and organisational skills to calculate equipment costs and plan installation programmes.
  • The ability to read and interpret technical instructions and diagrams, and explain them to colleagues.
  • Good technical capabilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork abilities
  • Initiative

Entry Routesheader image

Qualifications required for the role of the Manufacturing Technician are those in Engineering disciplines - HETAC Level 6 degree in Electrical/Mechanical/Manufacturing/Polymer Engineering or equivalent.

Courses are available at the Institutes of Technology nationwide.

Experience in a manufacturing/industrial environment is valued for this role. 

New Apprenticeship Route 2016

A new Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship has now received approval and apprenticeship training is set to commence recruitment in Autumn 2016. Details here.

Last Updated: April, 2016

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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Light Industry Assembler - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Manufacturing Supervisor - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Manufacturing Technician in Intel - from: Intel
Go..Production Worker (Manufacturing) - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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