Machine operators run the machines that are used to make things. All factories need people to do this. The things they make vary depending where they work. They could be anything from washing machines, packaging to furniture.
- Putting materials into the machine
- Setting the machine controls
- Checking the products to make sure they have been made correctly
- Packaging the products so they are ready to be sold to customers
- Keeping the area around their machine clean and tidy
- Following all the health and safety rules to ensure you are working safely
Machine operators are employed by manufacturing companies. They could make things for various industries such as aircraft, cars, ships, chemicals, and electrical or medical equipment.
Machine operators work in factories and workshops.
Machine operators usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week. This could be shifts and include days, nights and weekends.
Starting salary is around £16,000.
You do not need to pass set school exams to become a machine operator. Some employers may ask for GCSEs, others may be more flexible, it will depend on which industry you are working within.
You could also apply for an apprenticeship. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the DfE exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry Level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship.