Jobs related to manufacturing, creation or production of a wide range of consumer or industrial products using specialized equipment and techniques. Products include, but are not limited to, fabrics and accessories, consumer goods, eatables, books, furniture, metals etc, and activities may include welding, baking, assembling, sewing among others. You can explore Sub Job Families and linked industry, careers and courses from links below.
Supervisors of Production Workers coordinate and supervise the activities of production and operating workers like inspectors, machine setters and operators, precision workers, assemblers, fabricators and system and plant operators. Typically, these professionals plan and assign work schedules and oversee production sequences to that productions goals are met. In addition, they inspect materials and equipment to detect malfunctions.
Fabricators and Assemblers are an essential part of the manufacturing industry. These include professionals who assist in the production of goods and the parts that they are composed of, using tools, machines or their hands. These include all type of products from airplanes to toys, and the various components that go in them. Fabricators and assemblers typically work in manufacturing plants, and may function either as part of a team or specializing in a specific process or part, depending on their job role.
Food Processing Workers prepare food for processing and sale using a number of equipments and tools. This includes trimming or cutting meat, seafood, and poultry for wholesale and retail sale, mixing and baking ingredients to produce baked goods such as breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, pies, etc, roasting and drying of food items and tobacco, blending ingredients for cheese, candy etc and operating equipment such as boilers and deep fryers, among other jobs. Workers in this pathway need to be physical capable of dealing with the long hours and arduous work.
The Other Production Occupations pathways include workers from a wide range of production related occupations. Typically, these workers set up or operate heavy or light machinery, or power or handheld tools for a host of production processes like crushing, grinding, polishing and cutting, pressing, packaging, painting and spraying, etching and engraving, molding and spraying, washing, cooling and freezing etc. Additionally, they also design and fabricate jewelry and precious gems, dental, medical and ophthalmic equipment etc, and develop and operate computer controlled tools or machines.
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers set up and operate machines such as forging machines, drilling machines, grinding and related tools, lathe and turning machines, milling or planing machines, furnaces, engraving machines, welding, soldering, or brazing equipments, plating machines etc to taper, shape, flaten, cut, form, or tend metal or thermoplastic materials into tubes, hoses, bars, rods, wires etc, roll steel or plastic into beads, bends, knurls, plate, rolls and plastic pieces or material into rod, wire, or bar stocks. They may also perform precision smoothing, polishing or sharpening of metal or plastic materials. Adequate knowledge for using the related equipment is required from them.
Printing Workers produce printed materials in three stages: prepress, press, and binding. They review specifications, spot and fix problems associated with printing equipment and assemble pages. They may set up and operate machines such as letterpress, digital, flexographic, lithographic, gravure, binding and finishing machines or other such machines for printing and related purpose.
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishing Workers produce cloth, fibre and upholstery and fashion them into a wide range of products that are used in everyday lives, decorate, repair, dryclean or wash household or industrial articles, such as furs, cloth garments, blankets, draperies, carpets, and rugs, construct leather and leather-like products such as shoes, saddles, and luggage, and press or shape articles by machine or hand. They work may require tending or operating dry-cleaning or washing machines, sewing machines, bleaching, winding, or twisting machines etc
Woodworkers produce items from wood. These workers also perform cabinet making (cabinetry and furniture) by shaping, cutting, and assembling wooden articles using power saws, mortisers, and jointers, wood carving, carpentry, joinery, and woodturning. Their profession may require operating, tending, or setting up machines such as wood sawing machine, computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipments, wood working machines like lathes, drill presses, sanders, routers, shapers planers, and wood nailing machines etc. They may also repair and refinish worn, or damaged wooden materials.
Plant and System Operators coordinate, regulate, operate or control different plants and systems and machines used in them. Their duties include controlling, or operating nuclear reactors, power generation machineries, boilers, stationery engines, or other mechanical equipment, chemical processes of machines, petroleum processing or refining units etc. They may also process or distribute gas for utility companies or others.