Manufacturing Job Description video

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Most of us depend on others to make the things we use, and the food we buy at the store. We look to manufacturers to produce the material goods we need to live. At every step of the production process, there are jobs in manufacturing. There are machines for making machines, and someone has to design them. Then those machines have to be operated, fed materials, and their products have to be finished—sometimes by hand-- packaged, marketed and delivered. Much of the work in manufacturing is repetitive. In fact, that’s how profits are made: a manufacturing process is developed that can turn out the same item, over and over, that meets specific standards. Starting at an entry-level position in manufacturing, you might move up to supervisory positions, and management, by demonstrating your knowledge and productivity. Or, you might come up with an even better way of mass-producing a product. Others get training as machinists, or go to college to learn manufacturing methods, chemistry, or marketing, and enter the work force in management positions. Some manufacturing operations are more individualized. A cabinetmaker can have a unique style or design, or make custom objects. A tailor might make a custom suit. These kinds of specialists are more likely to go into business for themselves. Most jobs in manufacturing require you to join a work force, and become an employee. Production schedules depend on prompt and regular attendance. So even if you’re taking a manufacturing job just to earn a paycheck, you have to make a firm commitment to certain days and hours. If you’re new, you might be put on a night shift, or weekends; the daytime jobs are usually taken by employees with seniority. You might be required to join a union because a majority of the workers have voted to be represented by collective bargaining—though some states have laws that give you the choice of whether to join. Conditions and benefits can vary a lot, even within a particular industry. So before you take a job, look into similar positions in your area, if you can, and shop for the company that gives you the best combination of opportunity, job security and compensation.


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