MANUFACTURING PRODUCTION TECHNICIANS - WORKING CONDITIONS
In a typical work setting, manufacturing production technicians:
- Have a medium level of social interaction.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others workers.
- Communicate mostly by talking to others in person. They also write e-mail and use the telephone on a regular basis.
- Often work as part of a project team.
- Occasionally write letters and memos.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
- Occasionally are placed in conflict situations.
PHYSICAL WORK CONDITIONS
- Wear safety attire or protective gear on a daily basis.
- Usually work indoors. These sites may not be temperature-controlled.
- Are often exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
- Are exposed to hazardous equipment on a weekly basis.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
- May share work space with others.
- Must be very exact and accurate when performing the job. Slowing down the production line costs money.
- Usually consult a supervisor before making a decision or setting daily tasks and goals. Their decisions impact their employer's reputation and the work done by other employees.
- Must meet strict weekly deadlines. This may make the work environment somewhat competitive.
- Must match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.
- Repeat the same physical and mental tasks.
- Usually work a standard 40-hour work week, but overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines or quotas.
- Shift work may be common.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.
The environment in a manufacturing facility may be dictated by the types of products that are being manufactured. Some products require a clean room with low level of pollutants and highly controlled temperature and humidity. I have worked with some products that require such a cold environment that those who work in the area wear parkas.
The team environment at facilities can also vary widely. I have worked with 20+ facilities across the country, and I feel that the team environment is impacted by a number of factors including location (small town vs city, South vs West), age of the facility (well established vs start-up), and leadership.
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