Elementary Process Plant Occupations

Job holders in this unit group assist the work of machine operatives and perform a variety of manual tasks in foundries, engineering and allied trades and in other process and plant operations.


New workers
£ 14,637
£ 23,764
£ 35,743

Available jobs

In the past year there were 81,647 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

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

What they do most days?

  • Performs a variety of manual tasks in relation to the operation of coke ovens, boilers, blast furnaces and other engineering trades.

  • Clears machine blockages, cleans machinery, equipment and tools, keeps work area tidy and clears waste and any spillages.

  • Removes finished pieces from work area, paints or fixes identification labels or markers on products or containers.

  • Loads and unloads vehicles, trucks and trolleys.

  • Assists operative to mark out, bend, drill, galvanise, coat and otherwise machine metal.

  • Conveys goods, materials, equipment, etc. to work area, assists in setting up machinery and equipment and prepares tools, lamps and other equipment for use.

  • Assists in setting up attachments on plant and machinery, and operates saws, shears or other equipment.

  • Assists with the operation of furnaces and the preparation of castings.

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.

  • Painting

  • Paint Sprayers

  • Powder Coating

  • Sheet Metal

  • Machinery

  • Spray Painting

  • Housekeeping

  • Fabrication

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Hand Tools

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.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Management

  • Self-Motivation

  • Customer Service

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Problem Solving

  • 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.