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.

What responsibilities are common for Production Technician jobs?
  • 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.
What are the typical qualifications for Production Technician jobs?
  • 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.
EducationGED / High School Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Production Technician make?

$40,952 /yr
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Production Technician Career Path

Learn how to become a Production Technician, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Production Technician Insights

Read what Production Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Production Technician
Aug 28, 2022

“The fellow production technicians that were there when I left were great and the pay was good.”

Production Technician/Packaging Operator
Apr 26, 2023

“Starter pay rate is less but yeah worth it because it’s giving a benefits.”

Molecular Production Technician
Sep 29, 2022

“I got lucky with my cohort and met some really great friends while working here.”

PETNET Solutions
Biomarker Production Technician
Apr 10, 2023

“Pay is pretty good and if you enjoy knowing you are helping patients it is valuable emotionally.”

Production Technician
Jun 10, 2021

“Communication throughout the company isn't the best and things take a while to get done.”

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Test Driver
Sep 17, 2021

“Good for college student who could use some extra cash or maybe as a second job.”

Nimble Wireless
Production Technician
Mar 7, 2023

“1.Better place to start your career as a fresher 2. Friendly people to work with 3. Freedom to work with people”

Procter & GambleProcter & Gamble
Plant Technician
Aug 16, 2022

“You could be the best plant tech they’ve ever seen but it doesn’t matter.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Production Technician

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.

The most similar professions to Production Technician are:
  • Production Worker
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Machine Operator
  • Forklift Operator

The most common qualifications to become a Production Technician include a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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Production Worker
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Forklift Operator
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