Manufacturing

About The Industry

Do you like to design and make things? Are you comfortable working with machines? This industry includes careers in planning, managing, and performing the processing of materials into intermediator final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production planning and control, maintenance, and manufacturing/process engineering. Careers in the manufacturing industry involve making products, such as food, cars, and household goods. Most occupations in this industry typically require a high school diploma or equivalent, although specific designations range from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for occupations such as production worker helpers to an associate’s degree and long-term on-the-job training for camera and photographic equipment repairers.

We Found 134 Careers!

Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products

Industries: Manufacturing

Purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.

Education

Bachelors Degree

Average Salary

$65,200

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Electronic Drafters

Industries: Manufacturing

Draw wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, schematics, and layout drawings used for manufacture, installation, and repair of electronic equipment.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$66,390

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Electrical Drafters

Industries: Manufacturing

Develop specifications and instructions for installation of voltage transformers, overhead or underground cables, and related electrical equipment used to conduct electrical energy from transmission lines or high-voltage distribution lines to consumers.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$66,390

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Mechanical Drafters

Industries: Manufacturing

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$64,120

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Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.

Education

Masters Degree

Average Salary

$63,150

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Electronics Engineering Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$63,750

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Electrical Engineering Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Test or modify developmental or operational electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants or laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineers or technologists.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$63,750

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Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$56,900

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Robotics Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Build, install, test, or maintain robotic equipment or related automated production systems.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$56,900

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Industrial Engineering Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

Education

Some College Courses

Average Salary

$61,950

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Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$53,850

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Automotive Engineering Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Assist engineers in determining the practicality of proposed product design changes and plan and carry out tests on experimental test devices or equipment for performance, durability, or efficiency.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$53,850

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Chemical Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$48,500

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Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

Industries: Manufacturing

Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$47,110

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Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

Industries: Manufacturing

Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature. Includes workers who collect and keep record of samples of products or materials.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,160

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First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$59,660

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Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, maintain, or install computers, word processing systems, automated teller machines, and electronic office machines, such as duplicating and fax machines.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$33,070

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Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, install or maintain mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles. May test and analyze network coverage.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$49,200

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Radio Mechanics

Industries: Manufacturing

Test or repair mobile or stationary radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communications systems used in ship-to-shore communications and found in service and emergency vehicles.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$49,200

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Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, maintain, or install electric motors, wiring, or switches.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$39,410

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Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$57,980

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Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, adjust, or install audio or television receivers, stereo systems, camcorders, video systems, or other electronic home entertainment equipment.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$43,940

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Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

Industries: Manufacturing

Install, program, maintain, or repair security or fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$52,810

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Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

Industries: Manufacturing

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment and related equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,720

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Home Appliance Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, adjust, or install all types of electric or gas household appliances, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and ovens.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$41,550

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Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$50,320

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Maintenance Workers, Machinery

Industries: Manufacturing

Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,760

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Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,220

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Medical Equipment Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$45,070

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Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$36,260

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Watch Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$38,000

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Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,080

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Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Install, service, adjust, or repair coin, vending, or amusement machines including video games, juke boxes, pinball machines, or slot machines.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,780

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Fabric Menders, Except Garment

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair tears, holes, and other defects in fabrics, such as draperies, linens, parachutes, and tents.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$25,000

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Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$40,140

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Geothermal Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary. Install, test, and maintain residential and commercial geothermal heat pumps.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,960

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First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$58,130

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Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Industries: Manufacturing

Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$51,240

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Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Industries: Manufacturing

Wind wire coils used in electrical components, such as resistors and transformers, and in electrical equipment and instruments, such as field cores, bobbins, armature cores, electrical motors, generators, and control equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$40,970

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Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

Industries: Manufacturing

Assemble or modify electrical or electronic equipment, such as computers, test equipment telemetering systems, electric motors, and batteries.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,790

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Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

Industries: Manufacturing

Assemble or modify electromechanical equipment or devices, such as servomechanisms, gyros, dynamometers, magnetic drums, tape drives, brakes, control linkage, actuators, and appliances.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,360

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Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

Industries: Manufacturing

Construct, assemble, or rebuild machines, such as engines, turbines, and similar equipment used in such industries as construction, extraction, textiles, and paper manufacturing.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,020

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Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Industries: Manufacturing

Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,360

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Team Assemblers

Industries: Manufacturing

Work as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. Team assemblers can perform all tasks conducted by the team in the assembly process and rotate through all or most of them rather than being assigned to a specific task on a permanent basis. May participate in making management decisions affecting the work. Includes team leaders who work as part of the team.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,050

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Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform precision assembling, adjusting, or calibrating, within narrow tolerances, of timing devices such as digital clocks or timing devices with electrical or electronic components.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$35,000

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Butchers and Meat Cutters

Industries: Manufacturing

Cut, trim, or prepare consumer-sized portions of meat for use or sale in retail establishments.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,200

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Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Industries: Manufacturing

Use hand or hand tools to perform routine cutting and trimming of meat, poultry, and seafood.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,650

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Slaughterers and Meat Packers

Industries: Manufacturing

Work in slaughtering, meat packing, or wholesale establishments performing precision functions involving the preparation of meat. Work may include specialized slaughtering tasks, cutting standard or premium cuts of meat for marketing, making sausage, or wrapping meats.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,890

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Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,640

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Food Batchmakers

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up and operate equipment that mixes or blends ingredients used in the manufacturing of food products. Includes candy makers and cheese makers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,090

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Food Cooking Machine Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend cooking equipment, such as steam cooking vats, deep fry cookers, pressure cookers, kettles, and boilers, to prepare food products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,730

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Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,090

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Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$57,970

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Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,320

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Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$38,110

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Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines to roll steel or plastic forming bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate or to flatten, temper, or reduce gauge of material.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,150

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Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,900

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Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$32,140

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Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,370

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Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,030

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Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$44,480

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Machinists

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$43,150

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Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,000

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Pourers and Casters, Metal

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,000

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Model Makers, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$48,000

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Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Lay out, machine, fit, and assemble castings and parts to metal or plastic foundry patterns, core boxes, or match plates.

Education

Some College Courses

Average Salary

$41,000

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Foundry Mold and Coremakers

Industries: Manufacturing

Make or form wax or sand cores or molds used in the production of metal castings in foundries.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,520

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Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$29,740

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Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,220

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Tool and Die Makers

Industries: Manufacturing

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$47,440

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Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters

Industries: Manufacturing

Use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$42,330

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Solderers and Brazers

Industries: Manufacturing

Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$42,330

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Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,810

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Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$43,360

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Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Includes shipfitters.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$44,250

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Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Includes electrolytic processes.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$32,970

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Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,440

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Sewing Machine Operators

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,760

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Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Industries: Manufacturing

Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$21,010

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Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend a variety of machines to join, decorate, reinforce, or finish shoes and shoe parts.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,000

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Sewers, Hand

Industries: Manufacturing

Sew, join, reinforce, or finish, usually with needle and thread, a variety of manufactured items. Includes weavers and stitchers.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$24,000

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Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,000

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Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$25,770

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Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$27,000

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Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines that wind or twist textiles; or draw out and combine sliver, such as wool, hemp, or synthetic fibers. Includes slubber machine and drawing frame operators.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,000

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Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form continuous filaments from synthetic materials, such as liquid polymer, rayon, and fiberglass.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,000

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Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

Industries: Manufacturing

Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$47,000

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Upholsterers

Industries: Manufacturing

Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,290

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Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Industries: Manufacturing

Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$29,710

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Furniture Finishers

Industries: Manufacturing

Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,220

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Model Makers, Wood

Industries: Manufacturing

Construct full-size and scale wooden precision models of products. Includes wood jig builders and loft workers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,000

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Patternmakers, Wood

Industries: Manufacturing

Plan, lay out, and construct wooden unit or sectional patterns used in forming sand molds for castings.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$39,000

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Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend wood sawing machines. May operate CNC equipment. Includes lead sawyers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$27,160

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Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$25,420

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Chemical Plant and System Operators

Industries: Manufacturing

Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$52,610

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Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or control petroleum refining or processing units. May specialize in controlling manifold and pumping systems, gauging or testing oil in storage tanks, or regulating the flow of oil into pipelines.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$63,000

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Biofuels Processing Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Calculate, measure, load, mix, and process refined feedstock with additives in fermentation or reaction process vessels and monitor production process. Perform, and keep records of, plant maintenance, repairs, and safety inspections.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$49,080

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Biomass Plant Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Control and monitor biomass plant activities and perform maintenance as needed.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$49,080

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Hydroelectric Plant Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Monitor and control activities associated with hydropower generation. Operate plant equipment, such as turbines, pumps, valves, gates, fans, electric control boards, and battery banks. Monitor equipment operation and performance and make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal performance. Perform equipment maintenance and repair as necessary.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$49,080

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Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$37,070

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Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$40,970

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Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines to crush, grind, or polish materials, such as coal, glass, grain, stone, food, or rubber.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,540

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Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand

Industries: Manufacturing

Grind, sand, or polish, using hand tools or hand-held power tools, a variety of metal, wood, stone, clay, plastic, or glass objects. Includes chippers, buffers, and finishers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,420

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Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,930

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Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

Industries: Manufacturing

Use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items, such as carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$25,160

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Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,060

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Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,060

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Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities, such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$38,220

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Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Industries: Manufacturing

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$42,860

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Jewelers

Industries: Manufacturing

Fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,440

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Gem and Diamond Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Fabricate, finish, or evaluate the quality of gems and diamonds used in jewelry or industrial tools.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,440

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Precious Metal Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Cast, anneal, solder, hammer, or shape gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,440

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Dental Laboratory Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,580

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Medical Appliance Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Construct, fit, maintain, or repair medical supportive devices, such as braces, orthotics and prosthetic devices, joints, arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.

Education

Associates Degree

Average Salary

$41,530

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Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Industries: Manufacturing

Cut, grind, and polish eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other precision optical elements. Assemble and mount lenses into frames or process other optical elements. Includes precision lens polishers or grinders, centerer-edgers, and lens mounters.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$33,480

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Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,050

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Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend machines to coat or paint any of a wide variety of products, including glassware, cloth, ceramics, metal, plastic, paper, or wood, with lacquer, silver, copper, rubber, varnish, glaze, enamel, oil, or rust-proofing materials.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,720

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Painters, Transportation Equipment

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.

Education

Post Secondary Certificate

Average Salary

$41,890

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Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Paint, coat, or decorate articles such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,760

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Semiconductor Processors

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,510

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Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,700

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Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$32,760

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Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,800

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Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate or tend equipment, such as cooling and freezing units, refrigerators, batch freezers, and freezing tunnels, to cool or freeze products, food, blood plasma, and chemicals.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$30,460

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Etchers and Engravers

Industries: Manufacturing

Engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$25,080

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Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing

Industries: Manufacturing

Cut or carve stone according to diagrams and patterns.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,510

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Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers

Industries: Manufacturing

Shape molten glass according to patterns.

Education

Less Than A High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,510

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Potters, Manufacturing

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,510

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Molding and Casting Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Perform a variety of duties such as mixing materials, assembling mold parts, filling molds, and stacking molds to mold and cast a wide range of products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$28,510

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Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Industries: Manufacturing

Set up, operate, or tend paper goods machines that perform a variety of functions, such as converting, sawing, corrugating, banding, wrapping, boxing, stitching, forming, or sealing paper or paperboard sheets into products.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$31,980

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Tire Builders

Industries: Manufacturing

Operate machines to build tires.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$41,000

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Helpers--Production Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$26,210

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Recycling and Reclamation Workers

Industries: Manufacturing

Prepare and sort materials or products for recycling. Identify and remove hazardous substances. Dismantle components of products such as appliances.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$34,680

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Machine Feeders and Offbearers

Industries: Manufacturing

Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

Education

High School Diploma

Average Salary

$36,670

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