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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.

Less than high school

High school diploma or equivalent

Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators

Automotive Body Repairers

Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

Bicycle Repairers


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

Control and Valve Installers and Repairers

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 Power-Line Installers and Repairers

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

Gas Plant Operators

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

Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Lathe and Turning Machine Operators

Locksmiths and Safe Repairers

Machinery Maintenance Workers


Mechanical Door Repairers

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

Molders, Shapers, and Casters

Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators

Multiple Machine Tool Operators

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators

Painting and Decorating Workers

Paper Goods Machine Operators

Petroleum Pump System and Refinery Operators

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

Plating and Coating Machine Operators

Rail Car Repairers

Rolling Machine Operators

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

Sheet Metal Workers

Shoe Machine Operators

Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters

Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers

Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

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

Timing Device Assemblers and Adjusters

Tire Builders

Tire Repairers and Changers

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

College certificate

Associate's degree

Bachelor's degree