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Production worker (manufacturing)

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

Potential salary

£14,000 to £20,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 42 a week

  • 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
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in a factory.

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

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