Career outlook for engineering operative
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would put together different parts to make products such as cars, household appliances, gadgets and furniture.
You’d use hand and machine tools to assemble electrical or mechanical products.
You could work in different industries from manufacturing to rail and renewable energy. For example, you might make parts on a car production line or maintain wind turbines.
- Build components and sub-assemblies into finished products
- Fit parts to machinery and equipment
- Cut and shape parts and tools
- Operate machine tools, like lathes, grinders and borers
- Use moulding machines, preset to carry out certain tasks
- Set and operate hand-controlled or computer-controlled machines
- Apply finishes and surface coatings to products
You’d need to understand technical diagrams and manuals and be able to concentrate on repetitive tasks.
You could also move raw materials and finished products around the factory or workshop using forklift trucks, hoists or trolleys.
You’d need to work safely and be aware of health and safety issues.
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