Manufacturing

  • Textile operative

    Textile operatives spin natural and synthetic material into yarns and fabrics for use in clothing, furnishings and industrial products.

  • Aerospace engineer

    Aeronautical engineer

    Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain planes, spacecraft and satellites.

  • Aerospace engineering technician

    Aerospace engineering technicians design, build, test and repair civil and military aircraft.

  • Agricultural engineer

    Agricultural engineers build, service and repair agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment.

  • Agricultural engineering technician

    Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.

  • Analytical textile technologist

    Analytical textile technologists produce technical textiles for industries like automotive and healthcare.

  • Automotive engineer

    Automotive engineers design, develop, test and build cars and motorbikes.

  • Blacksmith

    Forge worker, artist blacksmith

    Blacksmiths work with different metals to make and repair decorative, industrial and everyday items.

  • Bottler

    Bottling operative

    Bottlers fill, pack and operate bottling machinery in food, drink and bottling factories.

  • Brewery worker

    Brewery workers brew and package beer.

  • Building services engineer

    Building services engineers design, install and service equipment and systems in buildings like offices and shops.

  • CNC machinist

    CNC operator

    Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists make precision parts for the engineering and manufacturing industries.

  • Car manufacturing worker

    Car maker, assembly line worker, motor vehicle assembler

    Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.

  • Chemical engineer

    Chemical engineers develop ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.

  • Chemical engineering technician

    Chemical engineering technicians help to research, develop and manufacture plastics, medicines, foods, textiles and fuel.

  • Chemical plant process operator

    Chemical process operator, chemical plant worker, chemical plant operator

    Chemical plant process operators control machinery that makes chemical products, like paints, cleaning fluids and cosmetics.

  • Crane driver

    Crane operator

    Crane drivers operate lifting machinery on construction, quarrying and mining sites, at ports and in warehouses.

  • Design and development engineer

    Research engineer, industrial designer

    Design engineers improve product performance and efficiency while researching and developing new manufacturing ideas and systems.

  • Dressmaker

    Seamstress, seamster

    Dressmakers create made-to-measure clothing like dresses, trousers and blouses for their customers.

  • Electronics engineer

    Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.

  • Energy engineer

    Renewable energy engineer

    Energy engineers research, design and build power generation plants, and work in the oil and gas industry.

  • Engineering construction technician

    Engineering construction technicians install, service and repair machines and equipment in buildings, factories and industrial plants.

  • Engineering craft machinist

    Engineering craft machinists use lathes, cutters and grinders to make parts used in manufacturing and engineering.

  • Engineering maintenance technician

    Engineering maintenance technicians service and repair equipment in industries like manufacturing, production and transport.

  • Engineering operative

    Engineering operatives use hand and machine tools to do jobs across different industries.

  • Food packaging operative

    Food packaging operatives work on production lines to put food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.

  • Food scientist

    Food technologist

    Food scientists and food technologists develop food and drink products, making sure they are safe to consume.

  • Footwear manufacturing operative

    Shoemaker, shoe maker

    Footwear manufacturing operatives make shoes, boots and sports footwear for all ages.

  • Foundry mould maker

    Moulder, core maker, foundry castings maker

    Foundry moulders make moulds to shape molten metal into castings used to make parts for industry.

  • Foundry process operator

    Foundry worker

    Foundry process operators make metal castings and parts used in industry.

  • Garment technologist

    Clothing technician, textiles technician

    Garment technologists choose the right fabrics and designs for manufacturers to make clothes at a set cost.

  • Glassmaker

    Glass decorator, finisher

    Glassmakers produce a variety of objects from windows, for buildings and vehicles, to bottles, crystal vases and test tubes.

  • Knitter

    Machine knitter, industrial knitter

    Knitters produce garments, soft furnishings and accessories by hand and on knitting machines.

  • Leather craftworker

    Leather worker, saddler

    Leather craftworkers make clothes, shoes and accessories from leather, using traditional methods.

  • Leather technologist

    Leather technologists prepare, treat and finish leather to make it ready for manufacturing.

  • Maintenance fitter

    Engineering maintenance fitter, maintenance engineer

    Maintenance fitters install, service and repair industrial machinery and equipment.

  • Manufacturing supervisor

    Factory supervisor, production line supervisor, shift supervisor

    Manufacturing supervisors keep production lines running smoothly and manage staff.

  • Manufacturing systems engineer

    Manufacturing systems engineers design and install manufacturing equipment and assembly production lines.

  • Marine engineer

    Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.

  • Materials engineer

    Materials scientist

    Materials engineers research the behaviour of materials used in industry to make them stronger, lighter and more hard-wearing.

  • Materials technician

    Materials technicians test the behaviour of materials under different conditions to help develop new products and improve existing ones.

  • Meat process worker

    Meat factory worker, abattoir worker, slaughterhouse worker

    Meat process workers produce meat products for the food manufacturing, catering and food retail industries.

  • Mechanical engineering technician

    Mechanical maintenance technician

    Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial plant machinery and parts.

  • Motor mechanic

    Light vehicle service technician, car mechanic

    Motor mechanics repair and service cars and vans.

  • Motorsport engineer

    Motorsport engineers design, build and test racing cars and bikes.

  • Musical instrument maker and repairer

    Musical instrument makers and repairers create new musical instruments or repair ones that have been damaged.

  • Naval architect

    Naval architects design, construct, refit and repair marine vessels and offshore structures.

  • Non-destructive testing technician

    NDT technician

    Non-destructive testing technicians test materials and components used in buildings, structures and machinery.

  • Packaging technologist

    Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.

  • Packer

    Order packer

    Packers work in factories and warehouses, putting products into containers like boxes and crates for delivery.

  • Paint sprayer

    Car paint sprayer, vehicle paint sprayer, body shop worker, paint technician

    Paint sprayers apply coatings and protective finishes to cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles.

  • Paper maker

    Paper manufacturing operative, paper manufacturing worker, paper mill worker

    Paper makers make products, including tissue and heavy board, from wood and recycled materials.

  • Patent attorney

    Patent attorneys advise clients on how to apply for patents on new inventions, designs or processes.

  • Pattern cutter

    Pattern cutters create pattern templates based on drawings from a fashion designer to make clothes.

  • Product designer

    Industrial designer, 3D designer, prototype designer, inventor

    Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.

  • Production manager (manufacturing)

    Production managers make sure manufacturing processes run smoothly and cost-effectively, and deliver products on time.

  • Production worker (manufacturing)

    Process operative, factory worker

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

  • Quality control assistant

    Quality control technician, quality assurance inspector

    Quality control assistants check that control systems and products meet recognised standards.

  • Quarry worker

    Quarry operative, opencast mine worker, opencast miner

    Quarry workers dig out and process rock, slate, gravel and sand from quarries or mines.

  • Rail engineering technician

    Rolling stock engineer

    Rail engineering technicians install and service mechanical and electrical systems on trains.

  • Recycling operative

    Kerbside collector

    Recycling operatives collect recyclables like glass, paper and plastics from homes and businesses for sorting at waste collection sites.

  • Reprographic assistant

    Print room operator

    Reprographic assistants use photocopiers and printers to make documents, brochures, leaflets and pictures.

  • Research and development manager

    R&D manager, industrial scientist

    Research and development managers lead teams of scientists, engineers and technical staff to create new products and improve existing ones.

  • Roustabout

    Oil rig worker, oil and gas worker

    Roustabouts work on oil and gas rigs, maintaining equipment, unloading supplies and helping the drilling team.

  • Sample machinist

    Sample machinists make samples of garments to show designers or customers how finished items will look.

  • Sewing machinist

    Machinist

    Sewing machinists stitch pieces of material together to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings.

  • Signmaker

    Signmakers design, make and fit signs for commercial and non-commercial use.

  • Technical brewer

    Technical brewers are in charge of the whole process of beer production and packaging.

  • Technical textiles designer

    Technical textiles designers research, create and test textiles for use in healthcare, manufacturing and construction materials.

  • Textile dyeing technician

    Dyer, colour technologist

    Textile dyeing technicians create dyes to colour fibres and fabrics.

  • Textile machinery technician

    Textile machinery technicians maintain, service and repair machinery used in textiles manufacturing.

  • Textiles production manager

    Textiles manufacturing manager

    Textiles production managers look after all stages of textile manufacturing.

  • Toolmaker

    Toolmakers make the precision tools that are used in manufacturing to create products and parts.

  • Vehicle body repairer

    Panel beater, motor vehicle body repairer

    Vehicle body repairers mend damaged vehicle parts and bodywork using metalworking and finishing techniques.

  • Welder

    Pipe welder, MIG welder, TIG welder, boilermaker

    Welders work in different industries, cutting, shaping and joining sections of metal plate and pipes.

  • Wood machinist

    Wood machinists cut and prepare timber.