You like to work with your hands and your brain to build and fix things. You are happiest when you are in action, seeing the results of your work as you turn nothing into something.

 Many careers in manufacturing and related businesses combine skills in more than one area. For example, an industrial engineer needs to be creative and have scientific skills, plus do a job that requires hands-on activities.  







WELDERS, CUTTERS, SOLDERERS, AND BRAZERS use hand-held or remotely controlled equipment to join or cut metal parts. They also fill holes, indentations, or seams of metal products.

ASSEMBLERS AND FABRICATORS assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.

MACHINISTS AND TOOL & DIE MAKERS set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools.

METAL AND PLASTIC MACHINE WORKERS set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.

PAINTING AND COATING WORKERS paint and coat, often with machines, a wide range of products, including cars, jewelry, and ceramics.

POWER PLANT OPERATORS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND DISPATCHERS control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTORS examine products and materials for defects or deviations from specifications.

STATIONARY ENGINEERS AND BOILER OPERATORS control stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or for industrial purposes.

WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT AND SYSTEM OPERATORS manage a system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.

WOODWORKERS manufacture a variety of products such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates. They often combine and incorporate different materials into wood.

HEAVY AND TRACTOR-TRAILER TRUCK DRIVERS transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.

MATERIAL MOVING MACHINE OPERATORS/FORKLIFT DRIVERS  use machinery to transport various objects. Some operators move construction materials around building sites or excavate earth from a mine. Others move goods around a warehouse or onto container ships.

GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORKERS fix and maintain machines, mechanical equipment, and buildings. They paint, repair flooring, and work on plumbing, electrical, and air-conditioning and heating systems.

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS INSTALLERS AND REPAIRERS install or repair a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries.

INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY MECHANICS AND MACHINERY MAINTENANCE WORKERS maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, and move machinery in factories, power plants, and construction sites.

LINE INSTALLERS AND REPAIRERS , also known as line workers, install or repair electrical power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

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