In Summary - Manufacturing Technician
Manufacturing Technicians typically work in the following Career Sectors:
Videos & Interviews
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.
Videos on the Web
- Manufacturing Technician- from: Youtube Search
- Assembly Manager - from: icould [UK] Video
- Manufacturing Technician (Equipment assembly) - from: YouTube Video
The Work - Manufacturing Technician
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.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- 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.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests - Manufacturing Technician
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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
Entry Requirements - Manufacturing Technician
The official entry route for a Manufacturing Technician is through undertaking an apprenticeship.
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
Pay & Salary - Manufacturing Technician
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 24k - 44k
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.
Labour Market Updates - Manufacturing Technician
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
Useful Contacts - Manufacturing Technician
Adult Education Guidance Initiative
- Contact the Adult Education Organiser (AEO) in your local Education & Training Board (ETB)