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

New workers start around £14,637. Normal pay is £23,764 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,743.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 81,647 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?

  • 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

  • Management

  • Loading And Unloading

  • 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.