Manufacturing

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+ Assemblers and Fabricators, except Machine Job Description
People who like to work with things instead of words, paper and ideas are often more comfortable doing production work. An entry-level job is on a manufacturing assembly line. While you might start by turning out individual parts, if you show ability and reliability you might become an assembler or fabricator. This is a job that calls for careful repetition of a precise series of steps, as you assemble, or fit together, parts to form complete units view more

+ Assemblers, Precision Job Description
While many manufacturing jobs have been automated, there are still many processes that may require manual assembly. And that’s the job of precision assemblers. These skilled workers build intricate products from manufactured parts or subassemblies -- ranging from electrical appliances and computers, to turbines, airplanes and cars. Precision assemblers must be able to do accurate work at a fast pace view more

+ Bindery Workers Job Description
It’s been said that a book is like a ship that can carry you to faraway places. And like a ship, a book needs to be carefully assembled. This is the job of bindery workers. They take loose printed pages…and bind them together into magazines or books. To accomplish this task, bindery workers might use a wide array of equipment, such as machines that cut, fold, trim, staple, stitch or glue view more

+ Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters Job Description
When buying furnishings for their homes or offices, customers often select fine wood furniture that is made by cabinet makers and bench carpenters. Cabinet makers are precision woodworkers who design, cut, shape, and assemble wood components into a finished product. They work from blueprints and drawings, select lumber for proper grain, texture and color, and use power and hand tools to fabricate and finish the pieces view more

+ Chemical Equipment Controllers and Operators Job Description
Ever wonder how lipstick is made? How about house paint, detergent, gasoline, or plastic? Chemicals are key ingredients in most industrial and consumer goods, and Chemical Equipment Controllers and Operators play an important role in their production. These workers monitor the flow and mix ratios of chemicals through production equipment such as catalytic converters, saturator tanks, and fermentation chambers view more

+ Chemical Plant and System Operators Job Description
Whether the product is photographic film, pesticides, prescription drugs, or food, the chances are that it uses one of the 50,000 different chemical substances manufactured by workers in the chemical industries. Operating from a control booth, chemical plant and systems operators use gauges and computer readouts to monitor and control the entire production process. They make sure that chemicals are mixed in the correct ratios, and that reaction rates, temperatures, and many other variables are on target view more

+ Cutters and Trimmers, Hand Job Description
Many materials…such as carpet, fabric and glass…are manufactured and transported in large configurations. When it’s time to put these materials to use, the skills of hand cutters and trimmers are in demand. Using hand-held tools and power tools, they cut and trim to achieve the required fit. The work can be repetitious, and may require bending and carrying heavy materials. Hand cutters and trimmers tend to specialize, working with a particular material view more

+ Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers Job Description
Today’s complex and increasingly smaller electronic products are put together by electrical and electronic assemblers. Working on a wide range of products, like radios and television sets, an assembler puts together parts of finished products. The work is often repetitive and relatively isolated and generally involves the use of pliers, screwdrivers, soldering irons, power drills and wrenches. Assemblers who work with wiring and other colored materials may be required to take a color blindness test, since being able to differentiate colors is important view more

+ Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers Job Description
Many of our modern conveniences work on electricity. And while they may be simple to use, the circuitry inside is often complex. The people who build these products are Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers. Following detailed blueprints and diagrams, they assemble pieces that control the flow of electrical currents inside various types of mechanical apparatus. They need to have steady hands and good eyesight view more

+ Fabric & Apparel Patternmakers Job Description
From the drawing board to the dress rack, Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers help put clothing designs into mass production. These skilled workers outline precise patterns of each part of a garment design. Then they use the patterns to create templates that are placed on layers of fabric to be cut into parts for production. Patternmakers also calculate dimensions for reduced and enlarged versions of patterns to make various sizes of the garment view more

+ Furniture Finishers Job Description
If you enjoy working with your hands, you know how rewarding it can be to create something as beautiful as it is functional. And that's just what furniture finishers do. They are skilled workers who apply chemical coatings to enhance and highlight the beauty of wood furniture. They use hand or power tools to painstakingly prepare the surface. Using brushes or spray guns, they stain, paint or seal the surfaces view more

+ Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
Glass making is an art…a science...and an industry. Glass blowers are skilled in a craft that takes strength, steady hands and care. A glass tube is heated to the melting point, then breath or compressed air is used to give the tube shape. The blower uses special tools to manipulate this molten glass into the intended form. Glass blowers may learn the job as an apprentice to a master glass blower view more

+ Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand Job Description
Assembly lines can take a manufactured item almost all the way to completion. In fact, some kinds of manufactured goods make it into packages without ever being touched by human hands. Many products, however, require the finishing touches only hand grinders and polishers can provide. Using hand tools, and hand held power tools, these workers grind and polish a variety of materials: metal, stone, clay, plastic and glass objects or parts view more

+ Helpers--Production Workers Job Description
Despite all the advances made by automation, there’s still the need for human helpers on the factory floor. Production helpers perform unskilled tasks around the work area. They may help assembly line workers set up or tend machinery, fetch or hold materials or tools, or feed items into the machines. They use carts, dollies, and hand trucks to move materials between work areas. They may keep records of machine processes…or clean the machinery after use…or sort and load finished products view more

+ Industrial Machinery Mechanics Job Description
Industrial machinery is production machinery. This means at least two things: first, the machine is located in a plant of some sort and, second, when it breaks down, getting it running again quickly is essential. A broken machine can stop an entire assembly line, costing a company a huge amount of money in lost production time. That's why industrial machinery mechanics are so vital. It's also why these professionals spend so much of their time doing preventive maintenance view more

+ Industrial Production Managers Job Description
Production, planning, and expediting clerks keep manufacturing plants operating smoothly. They ensure the continuous flow of work and material within production schedules. They deal with inventory of raw materials or subassemblies and production quotas. They track output and expedite orders when necessary. In small firms, one person may do the job; larger companies may need more. Working under the supervision of industrial managers, these clerks can boost production efficiency view more

+ Machine Setters and Tenders Job Description
Nearly every company that manufactures things needs machine setters and tenders. That's because, as powerful as they may be, most machines can't "feed themselves" with the raw materials they were designed to process. Specific duties vary depending on the industry, but most machines need someone to change molds, bits, or cutting tools, fill reservoirs, make fine adjustments, and check coolant or lubricant levels view more

+ Machinists Job Description
Machinists make things. They mount steel billets, brass rods, and other metal stock onto lathes, drill presses, and milling machines and use their skills and tools to shape them into a part that will be used in some other machine. Some machinists produce large quantities of a single part, but most produce small numbers of one-of-a-kind components. Every job is unique, requiring the machinist to draw on his or her knowledge of different metals and how they behave when shaped view more

+ Maintenance Workers, Machinery Job Description
): When a production line stops, a company stops making money. Maintenance machinists are crucial to keeping production running. Machinery maintenance workers, also called industrial mechanics, or maintenance machinists, not only repair broken machines but must also be able to spot minor problems and fix them. For this reason preventive maintenance, inspection and checking performance is a big part of the job view more

+ Manufacturing Job Description
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 view more

+ Millwrights Job Description
From construction digs to assembly lines, businesses rely on a key equipment specialist to set up the work area: the millwright. Millwrights install, repair and dismantle heavy, motor-driven equipment at construction sites, and in large manufacturing and processing centers, industrial plants…and any place with a conveyor belt or assembly line.. Even before the equipment gets to the site, the millwright is already there, consulting with managers, checking blueprints and choosing the best location for the machinery view more

+ Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and tenders, Metal and Plastic
Manufacturing plays a key role in our national economy. The label “Made in America” has come to stand for quality goods, made reliably and efficiently. So each person on the production line has to do their job well. Molding, Coremaking and Casting Machine Setters, as well as Operators and Tenders for Metal and Plastic are each trained to do a specific job. The setters get the machines ready for operation view more

+ Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Computer Numerically Controlled—or “CNC” (Narrator, pronounced: “see-en-see”)—machines are industrial robots that drill, grind, punch, extrude, or mill plastic or metal stock into parts for home appliances, industrial equipment, and many other products. The machines are very fast, very efficient, and very accurate. But they are useless without skilled numerical control machine operators. Human beings must set up every machine, making sure that the various bits, bores, and other tool heads are sharp and racked where the machine expects them to be view more

+ Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmers Job Description
Automation is making manufacturing more efficient while increasing productivity. Some of the credit for this goes to numerical tool and process control programmers. These professionals write the programs for computer-controlled machine tools, or robots, that cut and shape parts made of metal or plastic. The programmer writes the code that enables a computer to tell the machine which tools to use and how to use them view more

+ Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Nearly every product made is sold in its own unique packaging. Making sure those items are properly packaged is the job of a packaging and filling machine operator. Whether it’s bagging items, rolling sheets, filling containers, making blister packs, wrapping, or boxing, packaging readies the product for display and purchase. Operators move materials to and from production areas -- manually or with forklifts, dollies, carts, or handtrucks view more

+ Packers and Packagers, Hand Job Description
The modern industrial assembly line is a wonder to behold: bottles, boxes, jars, cans, and thousands of other products move by at a dizzying rate. But in many cases, they'd all wind up in a pile on the floor at the end of the line if it were not for hand packers and packagers. Some tasks simply cannot be automated. Therefore, many production lines still rely on human beings to visually inspect and manually pack or package their output view more

+ Precision Devices Inspectors and Testers Job Description
also check the work of other people. Just about every manufactured product, from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the cars we drive, are subject to inspection. And we’re fortunate to live in a country that maintains strict standards to make sure food, drugs and products are as safe as possible. Some inspectors, testers and graders work for the government. But most work for the companies whose products they check view more

+ Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks Job Description
Production, planning, and expediting clerks keep manufacturing plants operating smoothly. They ensure the continuous flow of work and material within production schedules. They deal with inventory of raw materials or subassemblies and production quotas. They track output and expedite orders when necessary. In small firms, one person may do the job; larger companies may need more. Working under the supervision of industrial managers, these clerks can boost production efficiency view more

+ Sewing Machine Operator Job Description
Sewing machine operators account for 70 percent of all apparel industry jobs. They manufacture, alter or repair their clients’ garments. This work in performed in a variety of settings, including factories, department stores, tailor and formal-wear shops, and even dry cleaners. Factory operators may specialize in clothing or in non-garment items like sheets, towels, or curtains. Most specialize in single operations, such as collars, bindings, or hems view more

+ Tool and Die Makers Job Description
If it weren’t for tool and die makers, there would be no manufactured goods. That’s because there’d be no one to make the molds that shape the plastic...or the tools that make other tools...or the dies used to stamp out parts. Tool and die makers decide on the best way to shape a piece of metal to the specifications of an engineer’s blueprint. They operate many different machines to cut, bore, mill, grind, and polish the finished piece to a precision 40 times smaller than a human hair! Typically, one worker creates a single device, from start to finish view more

+ Upholsterers Job Description
Through the centuries, one way to provide comfort as well as display wealth, has been through the work of upholsterers. From palaces…to Main Street, a fine piece of craftsmanship blending fabric and frame has always been a source of material satisfaction. Upholstery is a craft handed from artisan to artisan through on the job training. Often it is handed down through generations. But nowadays this useful craft can be learned at a vocational school as well view more

+ Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers Job Description
Welders cut, gouge, finish, and--most importantly--join pieces of metal. Any kind of metal: steel, cast iron, bronze, aluminum, or whatever else the job involves. Welders do their work by literally melting the edges of the metal pieces, forcing the materials to flow together, and then letting them cool to form a solid bond. Often a metal welding rod is melted as part of the process to supply the additional material needed to complete the weld view more

+ Woodworking Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Sawing
The beauty and dependability of wood has been cherished through the ages. But the way wood is handled has changed a lot. While skilled craftspeople still create beautiful furniture, instruments and toys with their hands, all kinds of wood products are now made by wood machinists. They are skilled, too, but they combine woodworking ability with the knowledge of how to use technology to manufacture wood products view more