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Vending machine operator

Alternative titles for this job include Vending machine operative, vending operator

Vending machine operators fill, maintain and collect money from machines that dispense products like drinks and snacks.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£24,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

on call on shifts

How to become

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How to become Vending machine operator

You can get into this job by applying directly to vacancies.

Direct Application

You can apply directly for jobs with vending machine companies.

Employers will expect you to have good customer care and driving skills. 

A knowledge of basic mechanical or electrical engineering might also be helpful but is not essential.

More Information

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Automatic Vending Association for professional development, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about working in the vending industry from the Automatic Vending Association.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • knowledge of maths
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • have a full driving licence
  • have a good level of fitness

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a vending machine operator, you'll:

  • restock machines with products
  • clean vending machines
  • collect cash from machines and return it to your base office
  • check machines are working safely and fix minor faults
  • call out service engineers for more complicated repairs
  • pass customer complaints and feedback to your line manager

Working environment

You could work in a stock room, at a client's business or visit sites.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or area manager, or set up your own vending business.

You could also take courses in maintenance engineering to work as a vending machine service technician.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Mathematics GCSE GCSE

  • Start date: 04 September 2024
  • Location: Scarborough

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  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Bexhill on Sea

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