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Entry-Level Careers in Manufacturing

Applied Engineering Technician

Applied engineering technicians assist engineers in creating systems that integrate workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.
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CAD Technician

CAD technicians use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.
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Facility Manager

Facilities managers are responsible for making sure that buildings and their services meet the needs of the people that work in them.
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Forklift Operator

Forklift operators use machinery to transport materials and goods around a warehouse or job site.
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Machine Operator

Machine operators set-up, operate, and maintain machinery, usually in a manufacturing setting.
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Maintenance Helper

A maintenance helper helps mechanics in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment.
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Maintenance Mechanic

Maintenance mechanics use lathes, milling machines, and grinders to maintain equipment in a manufacturing setting.
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Packer/Packager

In a manufacturing setting, packers and packagers are responsible for packing or packaging by hand a wide variety of products and materials.
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Production Helper

A production helper helps production workers by performing duties requiring less skill.
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Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerk

Production, planning, and expediting clerks review, coordinate, and expedite distribution of materials needed for a project or department according to production or shipment schedules.
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QC Inspector/Tester

QC inspector/testers assist QA/QC teams to ensure the quality control process design results in continuous production of products consistent with established standards.
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Shipping & Receiving Clerk

A shipping and receiving clerk verifies and maintains records on incoming and outgoing shipments, and prepares items for shipment.
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Team Assembler

A team assembler works as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product.
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Welder

Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts.
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