I actually have a friend who used to work as a production technician. He now works as a supervisor in his department, making much more than a production technician salary. He doesn't have a college degree or anything like that. He started working in manufacturing right out of high school, and has been promoted within his company a bunch of times.
Working in manufacturing can be a really great option for people who want to do hands on work and don't want to go to college. It worked for my friend!