Manufacturing Job Titles and Descriptions

Manufacturing Job Titles and Descriptions

Jobs in manufacturing involve creating new products, either from raw materials or from pre-made components. Manufacturing jobs might involve working on the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials to create these new products.

Most companies in the manufacturing world have plants, factories, or mills where employees are involved in the production of goods and materials.

Manufacturing plants and factories need more than just people who work on a production line.

These employees also receive lots of on-the-job training.

Production Manager
Production managers oversee the day-to-day operations at manufacturing plants. They ensure that production stays on schedule, they hire and manage workers, and they fix any production problems. Most production managers need a bachelor’s degree, typically in business or industrial engineering.

Quality Control Inspector
Quality control inspectors examine materials and products for any hazards, defects, or deviations. They generally work in manufacturing plants, inspecting products. Most quality control inspectors require a high school degree and receive on-the-job training. If they are required to use technical equipment and computer programs to inspect products, they might need a higher degree, such as an associate’s degree in quality control management.

Manufacturing Job Titles

Below is a list of manufacturing job titles, including those described above. Use this list of job titles when searching for a job in manufacturing. You might also use this list to encourage your employer to change the title of your position to fit your responsibilities.

A – D

  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Assembler
  • Assembly Supervisor
  • Assistant Plant Manager
  • Boiler Operator
  • Boilermaker
  • Bookbinders and bindery workers
  • Brazer
  • Buyer
  • Chemical Plant Operator
  • Chief Manufacturing Executive
  • Chief Quality Control Executive
  • Civil Engineering Supervisor
  • CNC Machinist
  • CNC Operator
  • Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Operator
  • Computer Control Programmer/Operator
  • Configuration Analyst
  • Controller
  • Controls Engineer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Cutter
  • Dairy Processing Equipment Operator
  • Design Engineer
  • Designer
  • Director of Quality Management
  • Distribution Manager
  • Division Manager

E – L

  • Electrician
  • Electromechanical Technician
  • Electronic Assembler
  • Electronic Technician
  • Engineer
  • Equipment Technician
  • Estimating Manager
  • Expediter
  • Fabricator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Fiberglass Laminator/Fabricator
  • Field Service Technician
  • Floor Assembler
  • Floor Assembly Supervisor
  • Food Technologist
  • General Labrer
  • General Manager
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Inspector

M – P

  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Shop Maintenance Supervisor
  • Machine Shop Production Supervisor
  • Machine Tool Cutting Operator/Tender
  • Machinists
  • Manager or Supervisor
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • Manufacturing Production Manager
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Master Scheduler
  • Material Handler
  • Materials Management Supervisor
  • Materials Manager
  • Materials Planner
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Technician
  • Metal Workers
  • Millwright
  • Operations Clerk
  • Operations Manager
  • Operator
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Painting and Coating Worker
  • Photographic Processor
  • Plant Accountant
  • Plant Human Resources Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Plant Operator
  • Plastic Machine Worker
  • Power Plant Dispatcher
  • Power Plant Distributor
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Powerhouse Supervisor
  • Precision Assembler
  • Printing Machine Operators
  • Process/Product Design Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Operator
  • Processing Equipment Operations Supervisor
  • Processing Worker
  • Product Development Engineering Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Product Marketing Analyst
  • Production Control Clerk
  • Production Control Manager
  • Production Engineering Manager
  • Production Foreman
  • Production Manager
  • Production Painter
  • Production Planner/Scheduler
  • Production Supervisor
  • Production Technician
  • Production Worker
  • Project Manager
  • Purchasing Agent/Buyer

Q – Z

  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Inspector
  • Quality Manager
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Manager/Coordinator
  • Safety Technician
  • Semiconductor Processor
  • Senior Buyer
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Shipping and Receiving Manager
  • Silicon Wafer Fabrication Operator
  • Solderer
  • Stationary Engineer
  • Structural Metal fabricator
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Surface Mount Technology Machine Operator
  • Test Engineer
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool Crib Attendant
  • Tool, Die, and Gauge Maker
  • Tool Room Supervisor
  • Wafer Processing Technician
  • Warehouse Associate
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Warehouse Worker
  • Waste Treatment Plant Operator
  • Welder
  • Woodworker

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