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The Best Entry-Level Manufacturing Jobs

The Best Entry-Level Manufacturing Jobs

Working in manufacturing provides a range of career opportunities. You can choose the path that fits your skills and interest for maximum career satisfaction.

Entering the manufacturing industry is easier than breaking into most industries. Many entry-level roles require a high school diploma, transferrable skills, and on-the-job training. This means you can begin building your manufacturing career today.

Learn more about the best entry-level manufacturing jobs to determine which may be right for you.

Test Technician

A test technician interprets product specifications, engineering diagrams, and quality standards, then uses special equipment and follows directions to test the product. The technician records the data and provides it to the product and engineering teams. The technician also might provide suggestions to improve test processes or resolve equipment issues.

High-level communication, strong attention to detail, and organization are essential. Strong math skills, a passion for design and testing, and developed report-writing skills also are important. Plus, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and self-motivation are required.

Mechanical Assembler

A mechanical assembler uses blueprints, schematics, hand tools, and mechanical equipment to put together component parts and pieces to create a product. The assembler manages the inventory, verifies the quantity of the component parts, and monitors the quality of the finished product.

In-depth knowledge of industry safety standards and regulations helps the mechanical assembler safely operate heavy machinery. Communication, collaboration, and other interpersonal skills also are required. Physical fitness, good reflexes, and hand-eye coordination are essential as well.

Warehouse Associate

A warehouse associate uses purchase orders and company policy to fulfill the logistics behind receiving, processing, and storing inventory. The associate also pays close attention to shipping schedules to promote efficient delivery and minimize loss.

The ability to operate a forklift, hand truck, pallet jack, and other warehouse equipment is required. Knowledge of warehouse data systems also is essential. Plus, the ability to lift and move heavy items is important.

Machine Operator

A machine operator configures equipment, loads and operates machines, and maximizes machine capabilities. The operator oversees machine maintenance and performs quality checks to ensure the machines work at full capacity.

Self-motivation, physical stamina, and attention to detail are required. Adherence to industry best practices and safety rules also is essential. The ability to read manuals, blueprints, and handbooks is important as well.

Materials Associate

A materials associate maintains the production and distribution of products, documents materials, and supplies, and prepares finished products for shipment. The associate also maintains material handling equipment and schedules and monitors delivery pickups. Other duties include maintaining company policies, procedures, and standards and keeping a safe work environment.

Excellent math and communication skills are required to work as a materials associate. Organization and attention to detail also are important.

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