Production worker (manufacturing)

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Process operative, factory worker

Production workers manufacture goods and parts in industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering.

Salary range: £14,000 to £20,000

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How to become a production worker (manufacturing)

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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Apprenticeship

You could take an intermediate apprenticeship in engineering manufacturing or lean manufacturing.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply for production jobs directly. Some employers may expect you to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent qualifications. Experience of production line work would be useful.

You may have to take a test at interview to assess your practical skills.

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Career tips

A forklift truck training certificate could be useful for some jobs.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • measuring, grading and feeding batches of raw materials into production machinery
  • operating production line equipment, like a conveyor line in a canning factory
  • assembling goods on a production line, like fitting circuit boards into computers
  • reporting equipment faults to maintenance staff
  • finishing products, for example applying protective coatings
  • monitoring the production process and carrying out basic testing and quality checks
  • storing goods and raw materials in the factory or warehouse
  • using lifting equipment and forklift trucks
  • packing goods ready for shipment
  • cleaning and maintaining work areas and machinery

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could be promoted to shift supervisor or move into quality control.