Production worker (manufacturing)

process operative factory worker production assistant
Produce

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Currently employed in Scotland

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What's it like?

You would work as part of a team making goods or parts in industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering.

For example, you might operate a conveyor line in a canning factory. Or you could put together goods on a production line. This could involve fitting circuit boards into items such as computers. You would need to work quickly and methodically.

You would:

  • Measure and grade raw materials
  • Feed raw materials into production machinery
  • Operate production line equipment
  • Assemble goods on a production line
  • Report equipment faults to maintenance staff
  • Finish products, for example by applying protective coatings
  • Monitor the production process 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 in crates or other containers
  • Clean and maintain work areas and machinery

You would usually work as part of a team under the supervision of a shift leader, carrying out several tasks within the same shift.

Working with machinery means you would need to follow health and safety rules carefully. You’d also need to be able to concentrate for a long time whilst doing repetitive tasks.

Working conditions

Hours

You could work full-time or part-time, covering a variety of shifts, including days, nights and weekends. Overtime is often available.

Environment

Most of your work would take place in a factory on a production line. You may spend a lot of your time standing while operating machinery, or sitting at a workbench or assembly line. You would normally wear protective clothing, such as overalls and safety shoes.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Working with your hands
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

Helpful to have

Relevant work-based qualifications such as: 

  • a forklift truck licence
  • Scottish Vocational Qualification in Industrial Application (SVQ level 2)

Or be willing to work towards qualifications once in a job.