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Career Area: Manufacturing
Program Number: 50-420-0
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Industrial Manufacturing Technician Careers

Industrial Manufacturing Technicians set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment. They help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements, and efficiently and safely manage raw materials.



Entry-level industrial manufacturing technicians operate industrial production-related equipment, work with manufacturing-related tools, and perform work processes related to a wide variety of manufacturing settings. Industrial manufacturing technician apprentices will learn to set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment. They will also help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements. This apprenticeship training program combines on-the-job learning with related instruction in a classroom to prepare apprentices for journey-level work after they completed the program. If playing an important role on an industrial organization’s team is your goal, a career as a journey-level industrial manufacturing technician is a great way to reach it. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for industrial manufacturing technicians are expected to be good as demand outpaces the supply of trained workers.

Details and Requirements

The Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship requires 3,000 work hours - 2,744 on the job and 256 in paid-related instruction. In addition, 8 hours of unpaid-related night school is required.

You must have a sponsoring employer before receiving an apprentice contract and being invited to school. Discuss with your employer your desire to enter the apprenticeship for this trade. Your employer should contact the local Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards - Apprenticeship Training Representative (ATR) and discuss next steps and procedures.

Apprenticeship Information

  • Time to Complete: Approx. 1.5 years
  • On the job time: 2736 hours
  • Related Instruction Time: 264 hours
  • Additional Training: Complete Transition to Trainer

Wisconsin Technical College Industrial Manufacturing Technician Programs