Manufacturing Technologist

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Manufacturing Technologist


These days, everybody seems to be looking for faster and cheaper ways of running a business. If you work in a manufacturing industry that makes a product or offers a service, then you are automatically entered into this efficiency race and awarded a free, lifetime membership. When it comes down to studying every detail of how a business runs, there is always room for improvement or else, just a better way of doing something. This is what manufacturing technologists do -- they gather and analyze information about how people, machines and materials are used in organizations to ensure that products and services are delivered in the most cost-effective and timely manner possible.

Sometimes called industrial engineering technologists, manufacturing technologists concern themselves with people, machines and materials. This career field combines engineering with management training and seeks to develop effective, organized work systems that are both people-oriented and cost-conscious. Like other engineering technologists, they focus their work in areas such as research and development, manufacturing, sales, quality control and maintenance. Therefore, they may perform some of the following daily tasks, such as examining the overall production process or delivery system of the operation to determine best practices. Also, they will introduce statistical performance measurements to analyze and improve operations, and analyze materials handling methods and recommending ergonomic solutions to problems, safe work practices and cost efficiencies.

Most manufacturing technologists are drawn to this field because of the diversity involved in the job. They take on projects from significantly different organizations. From a healthcare institution to a pulp and paper factory to a clothing company, the possibilities are endless. Some technologists may help companies decide on a prime location, or the layout of an office, including what machines to install or even how to utilise staff members effectively. Again, this is all based on economic efficiency and maximum work productivity.

A great deal of the career deals with studying human behavior and human tendencies. When designing the layout of a production line for an stereo manufacturer, the checkout counter for a supermarket, the organization of office work flow for a financial company or the materials handling system for a pulp and paper plant, the manufacturing technologist must consider the physical requirements, cost parameters and the physiological and behavioral performance of the human operators. When a company is either starting out or needs an iron to press out potentially harmful kinks, a manufacturing technologist will act as their efficiency expert. Accordingly, they are required to constantly update their skills and knowledge in order to keep up with technological advancements in this quickly changing field.
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  Interests and Skills  
Manufacturing technologists have a natural aptitude for mathematics and science and can visualize abstract concepts and relationships. They possess excellent communication and leadership skills because they interact with clients on a daily basis. They must be good at troubleshooting, but maintain a positive outlook in order to deal with the constant stream of problems faced daily. Finally, paying strict attention to details is just as important as persistence. Suggesting solutions to companies is only the first step; helping them act on these suggestions is the hard part.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Develop and conduct production, inventory and quality assurance programs in manufacturing industries
  • Design plant layouts and production facilities or improve existing systems concerned with the production and distribution of products and services
  • Analyze production problems such as an inadequate supply of components, materials or personnel
  • Develop and carry out research and case studies of manufacturing companies
  • Verify the consistency and reliability of product quality, taking into account such factors as time, cost and quality control
  • Develop and carry out industrial health, safety and fire prevention plans and programs and conduct safety training programs
  • Conduct surveys and feasibility studies for locating new plants
  • Develop work measurement standards and evaluation systems
  • Manage productivity improvement projects
  • Manufacturing technologists usually work regular hours in offices, research labs and on production floors. A majority of their time is spent on the computer, preparing layouts, statistical studies and analyses. Some work in teams with engineers and technicians. Some technologists may travel to plants and construction sites or attend conferences to upgrade their knowledge and skills.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Manufacturing technologists generally work as full-time employees for public and private companies or on a freelance contractual basis. In the private sector, they work for industrial consulting firms, manufacturing and processing companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, transportation companies and any other industry that requires some help from an efficiency consultant. Government organizations, hospitals and educational institutions generally hire manufacturing technologists in the public sector.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Since manufacturing technologists have the option of specializing in so many components of manufacturing industries, advancements are plentiful and foreseeable. Technologists will start doing routine work under the direction of industrial engineers and as they acquire experience and further knowledge, they will be given more responsibility. Experienced manufacturing technologists may advance to become production managers or quality control supervisors and inspectors. With further training and education, technologists can also become industrial or manufacturing engineers.

  Educational Paths  
Completion of a two- or three-year college program in industrial or manufacturing engineering technology is usually required for manufacturing technologists. A certification in manufacturing or industrial engineering technology or a related field is available through associations of engineering or applied science technologists and technicians, and may be required for some positions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002,

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