Production Worker Resume & Guide

Production Worker/Operator

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Production Worker/Operator resume. Hiring managers do not have time to comb through resumes meticulously. You need to catch their eye right from the very first line. 


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Production Worker Resume Guide

Resume Sections:

  1. Contact information
  2. Profile Summary
  3. Work History 
  4. Achievements
  5. Education 
  6. Skill Section
  7. Certification & licensing
  8. Extras
  9. Professional information


What to Highlight in your Resume

Production Worker/Operators are typically found in industrial settings where they operate machines, assemble products, maintain and clean equipment, or engage in cleaning, checking, and quality control activities. 

Production Worker/Operators must have physical stamina and dexterity, but to land the job in the first place, you must create a resume that will grab the attention of hiring managers and recruiters. 


Firstly, it is important to mention the nature of the factory, facility, or plant you are working at. These are categorized into discrete product manufacturing or continuous product manufacturing.

  • Discrete Manufacturing: These facilities produce final consumer goods or sub-assemblies which are then manufactured into final products elsewhere. Parts and component manufacturing also fall under this category.
  • Continuous Manufacturing: These are plants that produce and manufacture raw materials or extract minerals and elements to make specific compounds. Examples include chemicals, pulp, refined oils, and paper or mineral refineries. These facilities use heat or power to transform raw materials into finished products.

Secondly, you must specify the nature of your job. In some cases, Production Worker/Operators are only responsible for carrying and transporting materials, machinery, and tools to designated areas. 

Alternatively, as a Production Worker/Operator, you may be tasked with a combination of duties that might include maintenance, safety, and sanitation. The most effective way to highlight the purpose or scope of your job is to break it down into the main job areas of a Production Worker/Operator:

  • Moving materials, machines, and tools: To elaborate on your duties, explain the type of materials, machinery, or tools that you work with on a day-to-day basis and how you compute the quantities and volumes required by the various production stations. 
  • Maintenance, sanitation, and repairs: Preventing breakdowns, fixing and maintaining equipment, and ensuring appropriate ‘’housekeeping’’ are crucial activities in the factory to ensure uninterrupted production and work safety.
  • Purchasing and store supplies: Mention the supplies you are responsible for acquiring like raw materials, cleaning products, fuel, or safety kits.
  • Operating machinery: Machinists and operators specialize in running machinery and equipment in the facility. Here you could provide further details regarding the particular machines you are comfortable operating such as CNC’s Lathes or milling equipment. 

Thirdly, your physical attributes. Factory jobs are physically demanding and require workers to be on their feet for hours on end. A strong core is essential and so is excellent vision, hand-eye coordination, and multi-limb coordination. 

It can be beneficial to mention the fact that you have a clear medical record and that you can lift or move heavy objects repeatedly. 

Safety standards are pertinent to any Production Worker/Operator’s job due to the many industry regulations and compliance requirements. Mention the fact that you are familiar with ISO standards, FDA regulations for medical/pharmaceutical/healthcare facilities, or GMP protocols.

Finally, provide insight about the working conditions you are comfortable with. Some Production Worker/Operators are involved in shift work, which could be anything from 7 hours to 12 hours long.

If you are happy to work night shifts, happy to accumulate a fair amount of overtime, or are available to work during weekends and holidays, be sure to highlight this. 

Often wearing cumbersome and uncomfortable gear like hazmat suits, masks or headsets are necessary for sterile cleanrooms, fume laded or noisy environments, and not everybody is cut out for that. If you are used to very hot climates (boiler rooms) or freezing temperatures (cold storage) this can be beneficial to add.

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Summary & Career Objectives

The point of a career summary is to highlight your appropriate experience, present your most important physical and technical qualities, and describe your relevant experience. 

This section is slightly controversial as recruiters do not always look at it, so you can decide if you want to include it, but if you have space, we suggest you do. 

You have a short time to impress them, so keep it short and simple, but informative. 

Choose either a summary or an objective. 

  • A summary provides a overview of your experience and skills. 
  • An objective showcases your intent and career goals.

Hiring in factories is usually done by the Plant/Factory/Facilities Manager or the Head of Operations. They are very busy individuals with very little time to read through resumes. 

An impact statement, such as a Production Worker/Operator career summary or objective comes in handy to make your application stand out from the rest.  

Before writing your career summary, re-read the job description to ensure you are showcasing yourself as the perfect candidate. Add keywords to your summary and make use of industry-specific adjectives to further show you are a worthy applicant.

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Examples Summaries & Career Objectives


Summary example 1

“Task-driven and disciplined Production Worker/Operator with eight years’ hands-on experience in parts assembly with auto mechanical equipment. Has a successful track record of attaining a 97% product feeding score for the last 29 weeks. Knowledgeable at adhering to OHSA workplace safety regulations and attained a Certified Mechanical Technician as well as Certified Welder qualifications in the last eight months.”

Summary example 2

“Safety conscious and detail orientated Production Worker/Operator with six years of experience injection molding and extrusion (plastics) manufacturing processes in highly regulated environments such as medical device and pharmaceuticals.” 

Summary example 3

“Well tenured Machine Operator with seven years industrial experience in the mining and minerals environments operating, monitoring, and troubleshooting PLC machinery and equipment. Holds a 100% safety and zero machine malfunctioning record for the last nine months. Certified as a CNC Technician.”

Summary example 4

“Highly skilled Production Worker seeking seasonal employment at (insert company name). Achieved a 98,7% accuracy rating in the last 18 months and also adept at utilizing precision cutting, lathing and PLC machinery. Currently pursuing an advanced course in Micro-Vue.”

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Employment History

Recruiters expect to see specific skills and capabilities when reading your job duty section. Now, we can hear your thoughts already: “I fill conveyors for a living, what can I actually say?” Quite a lot actually, and all without sounding like you are talking to a toddler. 

Factories may offer opportunities for in-service/on the job training with formal apprenticeship positions and developmental training, which may help you to land your first entry-level job. 

When you are just starting out, you may wonder what to add to the experience section of your resume. Any working experience gained whether temporary, vocational, or seasonal, regardless of whether it relates to the job of a Production Worker/Operator should be added to provide substance to your resume.

When listing your employment history, do so in reverse chronological order. We have provided an example for you below.

Examples:

Production Worker at Kaufmann Industries

February 2015 – December 2020

Responsible to operate production equipment as outlined in work instructions using judgment to correct problems, with authority to stop production when equipment, safety or product quality is at risk.

  • Assist supervisors in auditing workstations to ensure SOPS are being followed.
  • Oversee the daily department production activities and facilitate departmental workflow.
  • Utilizing precision cutting, lathing and PLC machinery and programming machines with Micro-Vue.

Production Operator at MASH may:

February 2010 – January 2015

Responsible to move and store product-filled containers and raw materials to proper storage areas and carry out forklift operations/inspections in a 500sqm manufacturing facility.

  • Take adjustments to manage the ink distribution.
  • Make recommendations and assist in designing and manufacturing racks and fixtures used in painting processes in addition to areas for improvement.
  • Assist with rework on assemblies and/or systems as a result of testing.
  • Operate variety of injection molding and extrusion (plastics) machines for die and paint manufacturing processes 

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Job Descriptions, Responsibilities, and Duties

To help you begin, we have provided a broad list of responsibilities below (you can copy these as they are or modify them for every job you are applying for).

Examples:

A Production Worker/Operator may:
  • Supply the production line with raw materials as needed.
  • Move and store product filled containers and raw materials to proper storage areas.
  • Carry out forklift operations/inspections.
  • Have to push and pull force of 80lbs.
  • Have to stand and walk for extended periods in extreme temperatures daily.
  • Operate equipment through proper program controls.
  • Be required to squat and bend over at the waist.
  • Operate production equipment as outlined in work instructions using judgment to correct problems, with authority to stop production when equipment, safety or product quality is at risk.
  • Operate equipment at rates that meet productivity goals.
  • Perform quality testing as defined in the work instructions.
  • Move and prepare raw material as required.
  • Perform routine maintenance and repair work on equipment and assists maintenance as required.

Highlight Your Accomplishments

Writing an effective accomplishment section can often be difficult for candidates that perform repetitive duties or manual labor in a factory working environment. Although you may have limited ability to implement serious change within the company due to your position, there are ways in which you can show you stand out from other employees. 

Your goal, therefore, is to think about what sets you apart, what qualities you are proud of, and what you accomplished in your previous roles. Show how you were able to save time and ensure predetermined product outcome deadlines were achieved. 

Resume Quantification

Once you have written down your list of accomplishments, add a punch by including numerical values such as time frames, volumes, frequencies, and percentages to quantify your statements.

If you are struggling to come up with ideas, try to answer these questions: “How much?” “How often?”  or “How many?” “What, When and Where”? 

For instance:

  • What is: Daily product assembly rate?
  • How many: Safety incidents the last 18 months?
  • What is:Aaverage time per product processing from mixing raw materials to loading completed product onto the conveyors?
  • What is the machinery breakdown vs repair cycle?

Have a look at our quantified examples:

  • Attained a 100% safety score with zero incidents occurring, even during peak productions times for the last 12 months.
  • Part of the production line scoring 99% quality standards, with minimal products being flagged as defected by the quality control department and still exceeding production targets by 120%.
  • Holds a 100% attendance record, and a 95% quality score and a zero-incident safety rating, thereby attaining Production Worker/Operator of the Year for all ten plants in the region.

Also, take a look at what not to do: 

  • Attained a great safety score with zero incidents occurring, even during peak productions times 
  • Part of the production line scoring favourably with quality standards with minimal products being flagged as defected by the quality control department and still exceeding production targets 
  • Holds a great attendance record, and a comendable quality score and a zero-incident safety rating, thereby attaining Production Worker/Operator of the Year for all ten plants in the region.

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The Education Section

Whether you have post-school qualifications or not, the education section of your resume should still be given considerable attention. Today, Production Worker and Operators have access to multiple development training and skill improvement programs. 

Production Workers are likely to receive training while on the job, and on occasion may even land a job without completing a high school diploma. However, if you are looking to move up to supervisor levels, post-school qualifications are essential.  

Apart from your High School Diploma, ensure that you mention apprenticeships, inhouse-training, short courses, and online diplomas that you have completed that are relevant to the field. If you have completed industry certifications or obtained regulatory licenses, add these as well. Do not forget to include the current training and education that you are in the process of obtaining.

Highlight a few things: 

  1. Graduation date.
  2. Graduate Degree.
  3. All work-related education certificates.
  4. School name.
  5. GPA (this is optional).

Different recruiters tend to look for different things in this section. Ensure that you read the education requirements stated in the job description and highlight those in your resume if you have them.  

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Keep your education section just above or in line with your experience section, only if you have graduated in the last four years
  • Put in your graduation date/ or years, you went to school, all the honors you achieved, and your GPA if it was over 3.5.
  • If you graduated more than four years ago, it is acceptable to put your education section below your professional experience section. The main focus on your extensive experience.

Education History examples:

2019 – ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) The International Society of Automation, Triangle Park, NC.

2018 – Certified Production Technician (CPT), Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, Alexandria, VA.

2017 – National Career Readiness Certificate, American Testing College (ACT), Iowa City, IA.

2016 – Advanced First Aid Certificate, American Red Cross, Miami, FL.

2015 – Heavy Equipment Certification, National Center for Construction Education and Research, San Bernardino, CA. Courses Completed: Motor Graders, Excavators and Tractors, Introduction to Blueprints, Heavy Equipment Safety, Basic Operational Techniques.

2014 – Certified Production Technician, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), Huston, TX. Completed five 90-minute assessments achieving an 89% average.

2012 – Manufacturing Technician Level 1, Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI), Reston, VA2015 GED Diploma, West Side High School, Charlotte, NC.

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The Production Worker & Operator Skills Section

Production Worker/Operators need particular technical skills but also soft skills that allow recruiters to ascertain what type of person you are. 

When listing your skills utilize a skills matrix for every skill category (Technical, Physical, and Personal). Use an action verb for each attribute to give it some oomph. 

Modify your skills section so that it reflects the skill requirements and capability preferences in the job description. 

Your aim is to identify the required skills in the job description and list them in your resume, showing how you can use these skills to make a positive impact if you are hired. 

Ask yourself: “Do I have these skills?” and whether you have ever exhibited them. If yes, write the most impressive ones down and quantify them.

PhysicalTechnicalPersonal
1. Manual Dexterity1. CNC Operation1. Punctual
2. Multi-Limb Coordination2. Kaizen2. Team Player
3. Hand/Eye Coordination3. Set Up and Tuning3. Communication
4. 20/20 Vision4. SMED4. Detail Orientated
5. Endurance5. Mechanical Repairs & Maintenance5. Trustworthy
6. Ability to life 70 pounds6. Blueprints & Schematics & G-Code6. Energetic
7. Excellent Health7. Safety Regulations & Quality Control7. Self-Managed
8. Depth Perception8. Calibration & Measurement Techniques8. Committed
9. Peripheral Vision9. Machine Alignment9. Determined
10. Nimble & Agile10. Coding & Programming10. Problem Solving


Qualifications & Certifications associated with Production Work

OSHA CertificationGED High School DiplomaFluid Power Technician
Manufacturing Technician (MT1)Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO)CCT – Calibration Technician Certification
CQT – Quality Technician CertificationSupply Chain Management (SCM) CertificateHazardous Materials Transportation Training (HAZMAT)
Certified Welder (CW)National Career Readiness Certificate


Optional Extras for Your Resume

Once the core portion of your resume has been completed, it can be beneficial to add a further optional section to beef up your resume if it is on the skinny side. 

Below, we have listed examples of topics that you could include:

  • Certifications – If you do not have a large amount of educational qualification information, adding any certifications you have obtained over the years will definitely impress the reader. For example, a forklift license.
  • Volunteer Work – If you do not yet have paid work experience, adding volunteer work experience is the next best thing. However, refrain from adding any experience it is irrelevant to this field of work.
  • Languages – the ability to speak a second language is a useful skill to have in a factory environment especially where is likely to be workers with ranging nationalities.
  • Hobbies and Interests – Hobbies and interests show the reader that you are in fact human and allow them to gauge what type of personality you have.

Professional Information on Production Worker/Operators
Sectors

Various in manufacturing and engineering facilities

Career Type Production, Engineering, Fabrication, Processing, Manufacturing, Engineering, Repairing, Industrial, Assembling, Extracting

Person type: Metal Worker, Repairman, Coder, Machine Operator, Material Moving Machinist, Injection Molder, Machine Mechanic, Logger
Education levelsNo formal qualifications needed

Salary indication: $ 32 149 per annum (Erieri)

Labor market: 4% decline from 2019 – 2029 (BLS)

Organizations: Plants, Factories, Production Facilities, Manufacturing Operations, Drop Shipping Facilities, Retail, Wholesale, Mining, Cargo, Shipping, Utilities, Construction, Commercial, Corporate, Agriculture

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