Production Resume Examples and Templates for 2023

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Jobs in production, such as assembler and fabricators, machine operators, machinists, quality control inspectors, welders, and more are projected to decline 4% between 2019 and 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result, there will be approximately 423,200 fewer positions in the field. More than likely, this decrease in jobs is an unfortunate byproduct of advancements in technology, meaning that certain tasks can now be done by machines without human intervention.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of production jobs on the market. The slight shortage simply means that to land the best positions, it’s critical that you develop an impressive and well-organized resume that will give hiring managers a reason to look twice. Use the four downloadable resumes and the tips for writing an outstanding production resume as a step-by-step guide for getting your next job.

Downloadable Resume Examples


Example #1 Entry-level


Example #2 Mid-career


Example #3 Senior-level

Production Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Shato Akira
(479) 888-8888
[email protected]
1515 Ozarka Road, Gentry, AR 72712


Motivated Machine Operator with nearly 3 years in production. Frequently exceed production quotas in a fast-paced environment. Committed to workplace safety and have earned awards for strong adherence to safety standards and practices. Working toward several National Institute for Metalworking Skills certifications.

Key Skills

  • Efficiency Improvement
  • Forklift Operation
  • Power Tools Operation
  • Process Streamlining
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Team Collaboration
  • Warehouse Safety

Professional Experience

Machine Operator, Alternative Plastics, Gentry, AR | June 2020 to Present

  • Set up, operate, and maintain high-speed and precision machinery used in mass production
  • Equip machines with all necessary tools and parts
  • Work closely with team members to maximize profit and efficiency
  • Keep records of approved and defective units or final products


  • Uncovered and quickly eliminated a serious safety risk for the team

Production Worker, Warren & Plythe Manufacturing, El Paso, TX | July 2019 to May 2020

  • Monitored supply inventory and placed new orders as needed
  • Kept a clean and safe work environment, per OSHA and company standards
  • Performed hourly quality audits on assigned lines


  • Generated 100%+ of all production goals
  • Won award for diligently adhering to safety procedures


Graduate, Centennial High School, Bentonville, AR | 2019

Post-Secondary Certificate, National Institute for Metalworking On-The-Job Workshop | 2019

Virginia Steele
(602) 888-8888
[email protected]
717 Mesa Blvd, Elizabethtown, KY 42701


Quality Control Technician sought out for efficiency and process recommendations based on strong assembly background. Won various awards including “Production Employee of the Month” on 3 occasions.

Key Skills

  • Efficiency Improvement
  • Quality Control (QC)
  • Team Collaboration
  • Technical Troubleshooting

Professional Experience

Assembler / Quality Control, Metalsa, Elizabethtown, KY | March 2019 to Present

  • Frequently inspect production and packing areas to ensure correct product forms, specs, storage, packaging, labeling, and coding
  • Recommend process changes to help optimize efficiency and quality
  • Consult and advise design team on prototype testing


  • Co-developed a new quality standards manual that helped better align the organization

Assembler, Ford Motor Company, Kansas City, MO | September 2016 to February 2019

  • Assembled components by examining connections for proper fit and securing parts and subassemblies
  • Fixed assembly issues by modifying dimensions to match
  • Worked in different areas of the department as production schedule dictated


  • Named “Production Employee of the Month” out of 250+ peers on 3 occasions
  • Surpassed daily production quota by 10%+ on average

Assembler (night shift), Sedona Medical, Phoenix, AZ | June 2013 to August 2016

  • Used hand tools and machines to assemble parts, closely following blueprints and schematics
  • Ensured each part was fastened securely, and logged any deviations
  • Performed hourly QC checks


  • Exceeded production quota by ~1,500 units per day


General Education Development (GED) Diploma | 2013

Maurice Day
(888) 888-1234
[email protected]
827 Rojo Street, Newport, CT 06002


Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist with 10+ years of advancement and experience. Expertly restored and repurposed various machines, improving the bottom line by $125K in total. Skilled at training new machinists and filling various plant needs, including heavy machinery operation.

Key Skills

  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machines
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Forklift & Aerial Lift Operation
  • Mathematical Formulas
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • New Hire Training & Mentoring
  • Quality Control (QC)

Professional Experience

Lead Machinist, General Dynamics Information Technology, Pawcatuck, CT | November 2018 to Present

  • Quickly solve issues with machinery, assembly, and equipment to help machinists and managers maintain productivity
  • Read blueprints or job orders to obtain product specs and tooling instructions such as fixtures, feed rates, cutting speeds, depth of cut, and cutting tools
  • Design fixtures, tooling, and experimental parts to meet special needs
  • Evaluate other machinists’ work and offer suggestions where appropriate


  • Helped restore old machines, saving company $25K in replacement costs

Machinist / Heavy Equipment Operator, Schaeffler Group, Danbury, CT | August 2015 to October 2018

  • Used computer numerically controlled (CNC) precision measuring equipment to cut and produce machine parts
  • Monitored machines while working to adjust the feed, maintain temperature, and pinpoint any issues


  • Became company’s go-to expert on fast, permanent solutions to various machine problems
  • Trained 12 newly hired machinists

Allied Trade Specialist / Machinist, United States Army, Fort Knox, KY | June 2011 to June 2015

  • Conducted monthly maintenance and emergency repairs of 500+ pieces of equipment
  • Fabricated, repaired, and modified parts necessary to keep operating equipment
  • Trained on safe operation of drill presses, tap and die sets, grinders, and other power tools


  • Repaired and repurposed equipment to prevent ~$70K in replacement costs
  • As a cross-trained Power Generator Equipment Repairer, maintained 65+ generators at 95% readiness rate during Operation Enduring Freedom Deployment


Graduate, Thomas Paine High School, Worcester, MA | 2011

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Production Resumes

Only 25% of resumes are ever seen by a human, meaning 75% of resumes are entirely overlooked. To reach a real person, your resume needs to first be approved by the potential employer’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which is a software that companies and organizations use to collect, sort, scan, and rank candidates.

One important strategy for passing ATS screenings is to emphasize relevant abilities and related action verbs in your resume. The ATS of a potential employer scans your resume and scores it based on the number of keywords and phrases that match the job description’s essential abilities and terms. As a result, the more keywords you mention, the more likely you are to be interviewed.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Attention to Detail Calm Under Stress
Computer-Aided Technology Critical Thinking
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Hand Tools
Forklift Machine Maintenance
Pallet Jack Power Tools
Punctuality Quality Control
Schematics Six Sigma
Trainability Warehouse Safety
Action Verbs
Assemble Construct
Drive Fabricate
Inspect Manage
Monitor Move
Operate Pack
Perform Prepare
Support Stock
Train Troubleshoot

Tips for Writing a Better Production Resume

Quantify your experience to feature your successes

Always include measurable successes under the Professional Experience section of your resume. Quantifying your accomplishments in this way demonstrates your specific value as a team member and highlights your habit of going above and beyond your typical duties in the workplace.

In addition, this resume strategy helps hiring managers understand your distinct skills and abilities. As you compose your bullet points for the professional experience section of your resume, try to work on answers to the following questions, “how much?” or “how many?” As in:

  • How many units over the average did you produce per hour?
  • How many new employees did you train?
  • How much money did you save your employer?

Example #1


Assisted with the training of over 45 new machine operator employees.


Helped train people.

Example #2


Saved employer over $200,000 over a period of five years by managing to fix repair production equipment and machines that would have otherwise been thrown out.


Saved employer money.

Don’t undersell your production-applicable soft skills

While showcasing your technical production talents and expertise are critical, don’t overlook your soft skills. Employers want employees who can communicate effectively, think critically, and pay attention to detail. Be sure to highlight one soft skill in which you excel.

Example #1


Demonstrated dependability by consistently arriving on time for work and only calling in sick twice over a four-year period.


Showed dependability.

Example #2


Employed critical thinking to quickly and effectively diagnose a problem in 45 minutes that would have normally cost the company 3 to 4 hours.


Used critical thinking.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Production managers sift through hundreds, if not thousands, of candidate resumes to find the right fit. Fortunately, by highlighting your relevant skills and accomplishments in the Professional Experience section of your resume, you can help you stand out from other applicants. So, how do you choose which skills to highlight? Start with the steps below:

  • Examine the job description. What abilities are stated in the job description? Note them. Are some skills listed twice? Remember that the employer values them highly.
  • Match your resume to the job description. Do you have all of the abilities and experience listed in the job description on your resume? Ask yourself if the skills and work history you identified as important were included in your resume.
  • Revise your resume. If your Professional Experience bullet points lack the abilities you listed as crucial when examining your resume, find ways to add them. Make them stand out even more by surrounding them with measured achievements.

Still unsure on what to include? Take a look at the keyword-optimized resume and cover letter examples below for ideas.

Example of Production Job Description

Monroe Technologies is a fast-growing production company searching for reliable machine operators to join our team. Proficiency with large machinery is critical in this role. Our ideal operators have impressive attention to detail, meet or exceed performance goals, and produce high-quality outputs. Candidates must have at least 1-2 years of experience in a similar role. Furthermore, safety is one of our top priorities. As such, all Monroe employees must follow OSHA and standard operating procedures at all times.


  • Inspect parts with precision and measuring tools
  • Assist in the installation, maintenance, and repair of machinery
  • Operate multiple tools during manufacturing process to ensure quality
  • Keep records of approved and defective units or final products
  • Read blueprints, schematics, or manuals
  • Oversee training of new machine operators
  • Evaluating the efficiency of each unit regularly, identifying improvements as needed


  • Able to lift 50 lbs and stand for more than four hours at a time
  • High diploma or GED equivalent
  • 1-2 years in a high-demand production environment
  • Working knowledge of high-speed machinery and measurement tools
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to work overtime

With all that work under your belt, it’s time to integrate the job description’s keywords into your resume, as seen below. Remember to always be honest about your work history, even if you lack a skill or experience an employer seeks.

According to the job description, the ideal job applicant has the following background/personal traits:

  • Reliable
  • One to two years experience in a high-demand production environment
  • Proficient with large machinery
  • Read blueprints, schematics or manuals
  • Train new machine operators
  • Attention to detail
  • Meet or exceed production performance goals
  • Safety focused, OSHA, Standard operating procedures
  • Use precision and measuring tools

Below is a sample resume example that includes those aspects of the job description:

Production Work Experience Example

Machine Operator

Monroe Technologies, Baltimore, MD, September 2019 – Present

  • Consistently exceeded performance goals in a high-demand production environment.
  • Demonstrated reliability by arriving 10 minutes early for every shift and being willing to take on extra hours or shifts.
  • Received Machine Operator of the Year award for exceptional attention to detail, high ratings from new machine operators I trained, and commitment to strictly following safety procedures.
  • Prepared large machinery for production by reading blueprints and schematics then making necessary adjustments with precision and measuring tools.