Planning, Process and Production Technicians

Planning, process and production technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist production, process and planning engineers with production programmes and schedules and with manufacturing and processing procedures in order to ensure accuracy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency


New workers

New workers start around £23,820. Normal pay is £33,079 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £51,103.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 28,395 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Plans the cost impact and staff resources for projects.

  • Reviews and analyses production data.

  • Ensures effective completion and implementation of detailed instructions on processes, work methods and quality and safety standards for workers.

  • Ensures accuracy of manufacturing and testing equipment.

  • Plans and coordinates maintenance activities involved in manufacturing and processing procedures.

  • Ensures implementation of inspection, testing and evaluation methods for bought-in materials, components, semi-finished and finished products.

  • Supports implementation of plans of sequence of operations and completion dates for each phase of production or processing.

  • Supports professional engineers in reviewing safety, quality, accuracy, reliability and contractual requirements.

  • Liaises with materials buying, storing and controlling departments to ensure a steady flow of supplies.

  • Works with engineers on production control methods to monitor operational efficiency and helps to eliminate potential hazards and bottlenecks in production.

  • Works from, and helps implement, professional engineers’ drawings and specifications for equipment and layout, and helps implement modifications required for existing plant machinery/layout.

  • Supports planning and production engineers in assessing existing and alternative production methods.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Good Manufacturing Practices

  • Chemistry

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Machinery

  • Manufacturing Processes

  • Quality Management Systems

  • Standard Operating Procedure

  • Housekeeping

  • Soldering

  • Auditing

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

  • Problem Solving

  • Management

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Teamwork

  • Self-Motivation

  • Quality Control

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.