Able to draft/design parts, subassemblies, various tooling or apparatus from sketches and/or verbal instructions from
engineer or customer specifications; converts into workable drawings, providing the necessary detailed requirements.
Usually has completed one-year minimum schooling, military or civilian, or equivalent experience.
Compiles detailed travelers from customer orders and other specifications for use in the plant as guides to assembly or
manufacture of product. Obtains additional assembly instructions, engineering drawings and other documentation from
customer's engineering group for inclusion in the traveler documentation. Keeps all documentation files up to date and
disseminates such information to production personnel. Updates and maintains an organized, logical filing system to assure
easy access to records.
Builds and/or tests complicated electronic equipment working from engineering schematics. Works on new products and/or
checks/tests completed units. Responsible for debugging, troubleshooting and diagnostics. Has the equivalent of a one- or
two-year course, military or civilian, and a working knowledge of electrical theory
Does electrical or mechanical report and/or installation. Performs complex electrical and mechanical repairs/installation on a
wide variety of equipment. Works from blueprints, schematics and sketches. Has completed a full apprentice training
program or its equivalent through school and shop training on a variety of jobs. Responsible for correcting or eliminating
Reviews request for quotations for completeness of documentation and calculates labor estimate. Reviews purchase orders
against quotations for correct price, part number, revision level and delivery. Maintains quotation files. Usually has high
school degree or equivalent. Good organizational, communication and math skills.
Facilitates the flow of materials, components, tooling, paperwork, etc. in and between departments to conform to production
schedules. Confers with supervisors to eliminate difficulties and delays. Gives special attention to rush orders. Prepares
standard reports on status of items being expedited. Reports major problems to superior.
Facilities/General Maintenance Worker
Performs a variety of maintenance duties, including rough carpentry, painting, basic equipment and facility repairs and
simple electrical work. Not a fully skilled carpenter, electrician or mechanic.
Supervises a particular operation or work cell. Able to operate, set-up and perform routine adjustments on all equipment
contained within the department/workcell. Takes direction from shift foreperson or manufacturing superintendent. Usually
has completed some formal schooling and considerable on-the-job experience.
Hand Assembly Production Worker: Prep, Hand-line Assembly, Auto Insertion, Solder Cell, Secondary Operations,
May perform any of the following activities:
Assembles electronic subassemblies by reading work orders, following production drawings and sample assemblies, and/or
receiving verbal instructions regarding operations to be performed. Positions/aligns parts in specified relationship to reach
other in plastic fixtures or other holding device.
Tends machine or uses hand tools to crimp, stake, bolt, rivet, press fit, or other similar operation to prepare parts for
production. Cuts stock to needed dimensions. Tends machines which press or shape component parts. Prepares wires for
assembly by measuring, cutting, stripping, twisting, tinning and attaching contacts using a variety of hand or power tools and
Tends electric ovens to cure boards. Reads setting on pre-set timer to make sure that boards inside oven are properly
processed at the right temperature and for the specified amount of time. Maintains accurate production records. Vacuums,
sweeps and scrubs oven interior when needed.
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Mounts assembled components, such as transformers, resistors, capacitors, integrated circuits and sockets, onto printed
Connects components lead wires to printed circuit or routes and connects wires between individual component leads and
other components, connectors, terminals and contact points using soldering or other related bonding procedures. Strips
insulation from ends of wire and cable using wire strippers and solders or wraps wire around terminal to provide electrical
Assembles and attaches functional and cosmetic hardware to subassemblies using hand or power tools. Performs
intermediate assembly tasks, such as potting, encapsulating, cleaning, coating, epoxying, bonding, curing, etching and color
coding, of parts and assemblies. Works from wire prints, schematics and verbal instructions to route wiring through
assemblies to terminals according to color codes and loops wire to panel. Strips insulation from ends of wire using wire
strippers and solders or wraps wire around terminals to provide electrical connections.
Resolders broken connections. Performs assembly operations under microscope or other magnifying devices.
Adjusts or trims material from components to conform to specifications.
Performs simple go/no-go testing and inspection using magnifying devices, measuring devices, and other equipment.
Performs cutting, winding, forming, stripping, connecting and/or soldering wire, and/or other related assembly operations
required for the assembly and repair of coils, power supplies and other mechanical assemblies.
Repairs subassemblies rejected by quality control. Reads inspection tag and examines units to locate defects, such as
damaged components and solder defects. Removes broken wires to solder new ones to specified terminals. Re-routes and
solders color-coded wires to terminals following wiring diagrams. Repairs defectively soldered joints using soldering irons.
Removes and replaces defective components using hand tools and soldering irons.
Fills out necessary production documentation.
Machine Operator: Assembly, Wave Solder, Cleaning, SMT and Through-Hole
May perform any of the following activities:
Operates through-hole or SMT automatic assembly equipment. Responsible for set-up, operations and routing
maintenance. Typically an experienced assembler promoted with both on-the-job and classroom/formal training.
Controls and monitors operation of the wave solder machine to solder electronic components to printed circuit board.
Reads production schedules and operations manuals, as well as receiving verbal instructions, regarding sequential
start-up and operation of wave soldering machine. Moves controls to activate machines or system modules, such as
flux, pre-heater, wave soldering units, conveyors, etc. Adjusts machine controls to regulate operating speeds,
machine temperatures, flux and solder wave according to pre-determined standards. Adds supplies to reservoirs of
machines, such as flux and solder. Adjusts dimensional and structural characteristics or conveyor pallets and rails
used to hold and transport PWBs through wave soldering process using instruments and hand tools, such as
micrometers, dial indicators, pin gauges, wrenches and screwdrivers.
Loads boards on conveyor lines. Records setting of machine before and after adjustments are made. Monitors
indicators during soldering process. Shuts down machine following prescribed procedures. Drains and fills flux
reservoirs according to length of use and established replacement times. Skim dross from surface of molten solder
pots. Cleans parts and interior of machine.
Performs preventive maintenance tasks. Records preventive maintenance and cleaning activities on logs. Returns
substandard boards to workers for rework.
Tends equipment involved in chemically cleaning PWB assemblies. Helps assure that equipment is clean. Visually
inspects cleaned assemblies for blemishes. Maintains production reports and undertakes activities as assigned/required.
Machine Repair Technician
Performs electronic and precision mechanical apparatus repair on sophisticated equipment. Works from
schematics/manuals and troubleshoots/repairs to the component level. Proficient in the use of various test equipment as
required to make repairs/adjustments. Has the equivalent of a one- to two-year school course, military or civilian.
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Inspector
First article inspection. General electrical and mechanical inspection of components, subassemblies, and final assemblies to
assure conformance to specifications. Reads blueprints, specification and interprets quality/workmanship standards.
Maintains defect logs, SPC charts, and inputs data on a computer a incoming/in-process/outbound levels. Has extensive
experience, specialized on-the-job training and formal classroom education.
Studies specifications such as blueprints, sketches, indented bill of material, and verbal descriptions to plan and document
the sequence of operations needed to assemble the product. Generates the sequence of operations involved for product
assembly and the components to be used at each step.
Generates visual aids to help communicate work assignments to operators and clarify proper routing of mod wires and the
like. Operates coordinate measuring equipment to measure dimensions of PWBs. Reads blueprints to determine dimension
and tolerance specifications. Positions PWBs on measuring table or equipment to position control bar over specified
sections of PWB. Activates digital readout equipment and records specified measurements of PWB on data sheets.
Repeats process to cover all sections including location of specified drilled holes and samples of routed PWBs. Compares
recorded measurements to blueprint dimensions and tolerances and notifies specified personnel of discrepancies.
Confers with members of management and production staff to ascertain if any adjustments have to be made on the set-up to
meet production demands. Assembles sample boards for use as work aids by workers on the floor.
Receives or prepares for shipment incoming or outgoing parts, materials, spares, and finished products. Checks items
against packing lists, makes counts, and maintains records.
Receives parts, supplies, materials and tools. Prepares them for storage and stores them in assigned locations. Attends
service windows, pulling parts from storage as requested. Maintains related records of stock receipts, withdrawals and
Test Engineering Technician
Reviews design for purposes of test access to maximum number of components and electrical nets, determines
most effective and thorough test methods for the assembly based on circuit features, applications, etc., provides
program manager and customer with design issues that affect cost of test, performance or effectiveness of test
strategy. Usually has associates degree and extensive on-the-job test experience.
Test Equipment Operator
Operates and sets up in-circuit, manufacturing defect, or functional testers and reports results.
Responsible for vendor evaluation and selection for all company resources. Procures materials.
Performs complicated engineering assignments with high degree of technical competence under general supervision. May
supervise other engineers. Uses innovative problem solving approach to current technology situations where there is an
absence of a well-defined approach.
Plans work flow through facility, schedules customer orders. Works with material requirements planning and/or enterprise
resource planning systems. Usually has considerable on-the-job experience.
Provides technical assistance for customers or operators in the refinement and control of processes. Provides input in the
development of new processes and equipment to improve product quality. Brings about the improvement of operating and
material handling methods in order to increase efficiency, reduce cost, and control quality. Usually has four-year degree.
Production/Manufacturing Operation Manager
General responsibilities for overall plant output and quality. Shift Supervisors are direct reports. Reports to
VP/Manufacturing or equivalent. Has completed two- or four-year college degree in related discipline or equivalent
experience and extensive formal training. Generally does not have engineering responsibilities.
Responsible for developing quotations, customer solutions, and documentation for new and existing customer products.
Provides customers with prompt and accurate responses to their concerns. Serves as liaison between company and the
customer. Usually has four-year degree.
PWB Design Engineer
Responsible for creating assembly-level or system-level electronic designs to customer specifications, including some or
all of the following: selection of circuit methodology, parts selection, technical specifications for PWBs or assembly, and
creation of software for programmable devices. Analyzes customer quotes or orders with the goal of recommending
improvements in parts selection, circuit design execution and parts reduction. Produces PWB layouts with conform to
customer requirements and accepted industry standards. Usually has several years experience with electronic design
automation tools and software.
Provides technical assistance and manufacturing support for all elements of product and process quality. Interfaces with
customer regarding quality-related issues. Responsible for coordination of all corrective and preventive action activities,
including root cause analysis and data collection. Uses problem solving skills to investigate and resolve problems.
Identifies key process characteristics and develops plans for process control and continuous improvement. Usually has
Shift Supervisor/Team Manager
Supervises an assigned work shift. Typically has department supervisors/group leaders as reports. Responsible for quality
and quantity of work output. Reports to above. Supervises/trains and motivates personnel within the work group. Has
probably completed some college level courses/degree program with substantial on-the-job experience.
Provides technical assistance for testing operations. Develops new test procedures, designs tests and test fixtures and
provides programming. Usually has four-year degree.
Customer Service Representative
Maintains positive customer relations and identifies areas for service improvement. Communicates with department
heads to determine order status and communicates to customer. Resolves questions regarding quoted information.
Enters customer orders, distributes to appropriate functions and maintains customer order files.
Employed as a full-time employee. Works out of the factory location, corporate office, a field office, or a home office. Books
orders for your company alone.
Employed as a full-time employee. Works out of the factory location, corporate office, a field office, or a home office. May
have responsibility for supervising both direct salespeople and sales representatives. This person may also do selling to
certain accounts as well as supervise.
Independent Manufacturer's Representative
An Independent sales agent who works on commission. Manufacturer's representative or rep, manufacturer's broker and
manufacturer's agent are all terms used to describe independent sales agents who work on commission. You don't pay
them a salary, just a percentage of what they sell.