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Manufacturing Technicians

Descriptions & Duties

  • Manufacturing Technicians perform technical tasks, normally under the supervision of a manufacturing/industrial engineer, contributory to tooling, and the efficient and economical manufacturing of products through proper management of machinery and human resources. Their duties include setting up and operating production equipment; testing or adjusting equipment and monitoring production processes; testing finished products to ensure quality production; assisting engineers and conducting statistical production studies in order to optimize personnel, materials and machine usage; conducting environmental safety inspections in compliance with related regulations and requirements.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Trade Specific Competencies

Use of technology

Manufacturing Technicians must be able to use CAD software, computer controlled machine programming and diagnostic and statistical tools of production machinery.

Knowledge and skills in machinery

Manufacturing Technicians must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in precision measurement, production tooling and machine trouble-shooting, problem-solving and machine maintenance.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have a higher diploma or an associate degree in applied science or manufacturing technology or equivalent


  • usually have some work experiences in related occupation

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$60,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Manufacturing Technicians typically work at the location where products are manufactured or where services are delivered.


  • Blow moulding machines
  • Boring machines - Boring tools
  • Calipers
  • Conductivity meters
  • Computers with production management software
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge - Dial indicators
  • Electric boilers
  • Protective face shields
  • Frequency analysers - Digital spectrum analysers
  • Gage block set - Gauge blocks; V blocks
  • Gas generators - Gas-powered generators
  • Integrated circuit testers - Digital logic analysers; Digital logic probes
  • Interferometers - Optical spectrum analysers
  • Microcontrollers - Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Milling machines
  • Optical diffusers - Autocollimators
  • Pipe bending mandrels
  • Pipe reamers
  • Processing tanks - Mixing tanks
  • Protective gloves - Safety gloves

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