Production Worker (Manufacturing)Job Description:
Production workers manufacture goods and parts in industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day tasks you could:
- measure, grade and feed raw materials into production machinery
- operate production line equipment, like a factory conveyor line
- assemble goods on a production line
- report equipment faults to maintenance staff
- monitor production and carry out basic testing and quality checks
- store goods and raw materials in the factory or warehouse
- use lifting equipment and forklift trucks
- pack goods ready for shipment
- clean and maintain work areas and machinery
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
- physical skills like strength and coordination
- the ability to work well with your hands
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take an intermediate apprenticeship in lean manufacturing.
This typically takes about 12 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study.
You could apply for production jobs directly. Experience of production line work would be useful.
You may have to take a test at interview to assess your practical skills.
A forklift truck training certificate could be useful for some jobs.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 37-42 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.
You could work in a factory. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could be promoted to shift supervisor or move into quality control.