- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- concentration skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your duties will depend on which part of the production line you work on. You could be:
- taking delivery of parts from suppliers
- operating presses that shape metal sheets and components
- fixing the engine and frame to the vehicle chassis
- assembling other parts using robotic welders and hand tools
- controlling paint spraying machinery
- fitting interiors, wiring, lights, dashboards and windscreens
- moving finished vehicles to storage areas ready for shipping
- carrying out quality checks at each stage of production, using digital readouts and manual inspections
You could work at a car manufacturing plant.
With experience and further training, you could become a team supervisor, quality control technician or workshop section leader.
You could also train to work as a maintenance engineer, servicing and repairing the production line machinery.