What is an Industrial Manufacturing Technician?

The Industrial Manufacturing Technician’s (IMT) operates production equipment, as well as assembles applicable components. Manufacturing technicians must closely follow guidelines, blueprints, and/or diagrams of the products being manufactured; this is important to ensure that all the necessary product specifications are met and comply with the company’s standards.

Industrial Manufacturing Technicians:

  • Set-up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment
  • Improve manufacturing processes and schedule to meet customer requirements
  • Understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders
  • Efficiently and safely manage raw materials/consumables

How do I Become an Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprentice?

Manufacturing companies in Washington State are looking for eligible women and men to hire and place in an industrial Maintenance technician apprenticeship. Those who meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship and possess technical or mechanical skills (e.g., jobs, classes or hobbies) are in high demand by companies who participate in the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) apprenticeship program.

What are the Benefits of Becoming an Industrial Manufacturing Technician?

A long-term career with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and the chance to work with your hands and cutting-edge technology.

Become an industrial manufacturing technician through AJAC’s apprenticeship program. Get paid while learning on the job and attend classes only one night a week! To find out how you can become an apprentice and launch your career in aerospace or manufacturing, visit AJAC’s Get Started Section.

Related: Program Outline | Standards of Apprenticeship| Brochure

On-the-Job Training Competencies:

OJT Competency

Approximate OJT Hours

Set-Up Production Equipment


Operate Production Equipment


Quality Assurance, Inspection & Measurement


Interpret Technical Information


Routine Machine Maintenance


Inventory Materials




IMT Apprentices Take the Following Classes:

  • Safety – Basic shop safety, PPE, safe operator performance, identifying unsafe conditions & corrective actions, enhancing workplace practices, OSHA-10, CPR/First Aid, environmental assessments, emergency terms & drills
  • Industrial Manufacturing Basics – Quality & continuous improvement practices, introduce QA, blueprint reading, interpreting manufacturing documents, precision measurement, basic tools/equipment use and knowledge
  • Production Processes – Production for customers’ needs, required resources, lean manufacturing, communicate production, job assignments & work flow, set-up & machine operations, problem solving, shipping & receiving
  • Machine Maintenance – Preventive and routine maintenance awareness, applied principles of machine control and automation concepts, welding, basic electricity, fluid power systems, understanding applications for lubricants, coolants, bearings, couplings, belt drives and chain drives
  • Shop Math – Review of basic arithmetic, basic algebra application, based on geometry, right angle trigonometry, oblique angle trigonometry, and right angles
  • Communications – Concepts related to the workplace including writing a technical memo, explaining technical processes, giving clear instruction, mediation/negotiation, conflict resolution, and group facilitation