The term manufacturing encompasses a broad range of industries, and this means people working in manufacturing are able to gain many different valuable skills.
That being said, there are some production-related skills that the vast majority of manufacturers want to see on a resume. According to an analysis by ZipRecruiter, the most important production skills to list on a resume include assembly line skills, attention to detail, communication, material handling skills, the ability to multitask and pallet jack operation.
Consider the following skills you should be showcasing to manufacturing job recruiters.
1) ASSEMBLY LINE SKILLS
Just about every modern manufacturing operation is based around a production line, and people seeking manufacturing jobs should be able to perform basic production tasks.
Assembly line work involves standing in front of a production line and paying attention to a specific piece of production equipment. As conveyor system passes materials from one piece of production equipment to another, production workers should be able to monitor both the conveyor system in front of them and their assigned pieces of equipment, ensuring that an assembly line keeps moving. They should also be able to spot defective products or processes and respond accordingly.
2) ATTENTION TO DETAIL
While most jobs require people to pay attention to small details, production workers face a unique challenge in that the job duties can become highly repetitive. The challenge is to remain focused, and detail oriented over the course of an entire shift. This is more difficult than it sounds.
Attention to detail is also vital with regard to safety. Production environments are typically filled with large machinery, and a lapse of attention could lead to serious injury, even death.
Production work requires people to work together and react as a team to changing circumstances. Without good communication, manufacturing operations can be less efficient, reaching a middling level of productivity or worse. With good communication, manufacturing operations are more likely to be efficient and operating ahead of or on schedule.
Good communication can be challenging in production environments, as these tend to be loud, hot work environments. This makes communication in manufacturing a unique skill that improves with experience.
4) MATERIAL HANDLING
The handling of materials happens all throughout a typical manufacturing facility. On the production line, workers are usually expected to handle both raw materials and finished products. In warehouse and shipping areas, workers are expected to offload incoming shipments and load outgoing materials.
Materials handling also encompasses a number of other skills, including attention to detail, organizational abilities and critical thinking.
In order to get the most out of their labor investment, most manufacturing employers want workers handling multiple tasks at the same time. On the production line, this could mean ensuring that material inputs or properly entering production equipment, and that equipment is producing quality outputs.
While production employees aren’t expected to juggle an overwhelming number of tasks simultaneously, being able to handle two or three things at once is typically expected.
6) PALLET JACK OPERATION
Used to move around large pallets of having materials, a pallet Jack can be a manual or semi-automated piece of equipment. their operation is not complicated but employers tend to prefer candidates who say they are familiar with this piece of equipment.
WE CAN HELP YOU FIND REWARDING PRODUCTION WORK
At Parallel Employment Group, we help people find rewarding production positions on a daily basis. If you are looking at manufacturing staffing agencies to find one with your best interest in mind, please contact us today.