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Manufacturing

Are you good working with your hands? Can you figure out how a machine works?

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.

Other manufacturing workers install or repair products. For example, you might install refrigerators or washers, repair plumping in commercial buildings, or diagnose engine problems in cars and trucks.

Click on a job title to learn more about job trends and pay levels for this career.

Careers in this Cluster
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other
Boilermakers
Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
Chemical Plant and System Operators
Civil Engineering Technicians
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand
Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Dental Laboratory Technicians
Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
Engine and Other Machine Assemblers
Etchers and Engravers
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers
Fabric Menders, Except Garment
Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Foundry Mold and Coremakers
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
Furniture Finishers
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Helpers--Production Workers
Hoist and Winch Operators
Home Appliance Repairers
Industrial Engineering Technicians
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
Industrial Production Managers
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other
Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
Locksmiths and Safe Repairers
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
Machinists
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Maintenance Workers, Machinery
Mechanical Door Repairers
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
Medical Appliance Technicians
Medical Equipment Repairers
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Millwrights
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
Model Makers, Wood
Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
Painters, Transportation Equipment
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
Patternmakers, Wood
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
Plant and System Operators, All Other
Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Pourers and Casters, Metal
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
Production Workers, All Other
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood
Semiconductor Processors
Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Sewers, Hand
Sewing Machine Operators
Sheet Metal Workers
Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders
Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Team Assemblers
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers, All Other
Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters
Tire Builders
Tool and Die Makers
Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
Upholsterers
Watch Repairers
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Woodworkers, All Other
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing


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