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Manufacturing workers work with products and equipment. You might design a new product, decide how the product will be made, or make the product. You might work on cars, computers, appliances, airplanes, or electronic devices.

The careers below are sorted by education level. Click on the section title to see the careers in it. Click on the name of the career to learn more.

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Less than high school

High school diploma or equivalent

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators

Aircraft Structure and Systems Assemblers


Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Chemical Equipment Operators

Chemical Plant and System Operators

Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operators

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machine Tool Programmers

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators

Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Operators

Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Operators

Drilling and Boring Machine Operators

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers

Elevator Installers and Repairers

Engine and Other Machine Assemblers

Etchers and Engravers

Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators

Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Operators

Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Forging Machine Operators

Foundry Mold and Coremakers

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators

Furniture Finishers

Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Operators

Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Heat Treating Equipment Operators

Home Appliance Repairers

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Helpers

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

Machinery Maintenance Workers


Maintenance and Repair Workers

Medical Appliance Technicians

Metal Pourers and Casters

Metal and Plastic Layout Workers

Metal and Plastic Model Makers

Metal and Plastic Patternmakers

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators

Milling and Planing Machine Operators


Mixing and Blending Machine Operators

Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics

Molders, Shapers, and Casters

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators

Multiple Machine Tool Operators

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanics

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators

Paper Goods Machine Operators

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Plating and Coating Machine Operators

Power Distributors and Dispatchers

Power Plant Operators

Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks

Rail Car Repairers

Recordkeeping Weighers and Checkers

Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Refractory Materials Repairers

Rolling Machine Operators

Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers

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

Sheet Metal Workers

Shoe Machine Operators

Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

Synthetic and Glass Fiber Extruding and Forming Machine Operators

Team Assemblers

Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators

Textile Cutting Machine Operators

Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Operators

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Operators

Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

Tire Builders

Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Tool and Die Makers

Transportation Equipment Painters


Vending and Amusement Machine Repairers

Watch Repairers

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators

Wood Model Makers

Wood Patternmakers

Wood Sawing Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators

Some college, no degree

College certificate

Associate's degree

Bachelor's degree

Master's degree

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