If you enjoy seeing the satisfying process of something being made from a few raw materials, a career in manufacturing might be for you. These roles are also often based in small businesses or even the home. The industry is undergoing huge changes, so manufacturers are searching for new modes of production – so, while the number of roles available may decrease, those that remain tend to be well paid and come with great prospects. You could be working alongside sophisticated nanotechnology to create new microelectronics, using bigdata to drive product development or even baking batches of bread at home for customers. Keep reading to find out more about manufacturing!
3D printing technicians manufacture products, including biomedical implants, car parts, aerospace components and fashion accessories.
Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain planes, spacecraft and satellites.
Aerospace engineering technicians design, build, test and repair civil and military aircraft.
Agricultural engineers build, service and repair agricultural, horticultural and forestry machinery and equipment.
Agricultural engineering technicians help to solve practical engineering problems in land-based industries.
Automotive engineers design, develop, test and build cars and motorbikes.
Blacksmiths work with different metals to make and repair decorative, industrial and everyday items.
Bottlers fill, pack and operate bottling machinery in food, drink and bottling factories.
Building services engineers design, fit and maintain the heating, lighting and power systems in offices, hospitals and shopping centres.
Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.
Chemical engineers develop ways to turn raw materials into everyday products.
Chemical engineering technicians help to research, develop and manufacture plastics, medicines, foods, textiles and fuel.
Chemical plant process operators control machinery that makes chemical products, like paints, cleaning fluids and cosmetics.
Computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinists make precision parts for the engineering and manufacturing industries.
Crane drivers operate lifting machinery on construction, quarrying and mining sites, at ports and in warehouses.
Design engineers improve product performance and efficiency while researching and developing new manufacturing ideas and systems.
Dressmakers create made-to-measure clothing like dresses, trousers and blouses for their customers.
Electronics engineers design and develop systems for industry, from mobile communications to manufacturing and aerospace.
Energy engineers research, design and build power generation plants, and work in the oil and gas industry.
Engineering construction technicians install, service and repair machines and equipment in buildings, factories and industrial plants.
Engineering craft machinists make parts for manufacturing and engineering industries, using lathes, cutters and grinders.
Engineering maintenance technicians service and repair equipment in industries like manufacturing, production and transport.
Engineering operatives use hand and machine tools to do jobs across different industries.
Food packaging operatives work on production lines to put food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.
Food scientists and food technologists develop food and drink products, making sure they are safe to consume.
Footwear manufacturing operatives make shoes, boots and sports footwear for all ages.
Foundry moulders make moulds to shape molten metal into castings used to make parts for industry.
Foundry process operators make metal castings and parts used in industry.
Garment technologists choose the right fabrics and designs for manufacturers to make clothes at a set cost.
Glassmakers produce a variety of objects from windows, for buildings and vehicles, to bottles, crystal vases and test tubes.
Knitters produce garments, soft furnishings and accessories by hand and on knitting machines.
Leather craftworkers make clothes, shoes and accessories from leather, using traditional methods.
Leather technologists prepare, treat and finish leather to make it ready for manufacturing.
Maintenance fitters install, service and repair industrial machinery and equipment.
Manufacturing supervisors keep production lines running smoothly and manage staff.
Manufacturing systems engineers design and install manufacturing equipment and assembly production lines.
Marine engineers design, build, test and repair boats, ships, underwater craft, offshore platforms and drilling equipment.
Materials engineers research the behaviour of materials used in industry to make them stronger, lighter and more hard-wearing.
Materials technicians test the behaviour of materials under different conditions to help develop new products and improve existing ones.
Meat process workers produce meat products for the food manufacturing, catering and food retail industries.
Mechanical engineering technicians design, install and repair industrial plant machinery and parts.
Metrologists use very precise measurements in science and industry to make sure that processes and products meet high standards.
Microbrewers produce and market their own alcoholic drinks like beers, ciders and gins.
Motor mechanics repair and service cars and vans.
Motorsport engineers design, build and test racing cars and bikes.
Musical instrument makers and repairers create new musical instruments or repair ones that have been damaged.
Naval architects design, construct, refit and repair marine vessels and offshore structures.
Non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians test materials and components used in buildings, structures and machinery.
Packaging technologists design and develop packaging for different products.
Packers work in factories and warehouses, putting products into containers like boxes and crates for delivery.
Paint sprayers apply coatings and protective finishes to cars, vans, motorbikes and other vehicles.
Paper makers make products, including tissue and heavy board, from wood and recycled materials.
Patent attorneys advise clients on how to apply for patents for new inventions, designs or processes.
Pattern cutters create pattern templates based on drawings from a fashion designer to make clothes.
Product designers create new products and improve existing ones.
Production managers make sure manufacturing processes run smoothly and cost-effectively, and deliver products on time.
Production workers manufacture goods and parts in industries like pharmaceuticals, food and drink, construction and engineering.
Quality control assistants check that control systems and products meet recognised standards.
Quarry workers dig out and process rock, slate, gravel and sand from quarries or mines.
Rail engineering technicians install and service mechanical and electrical systems across the rail network
Recycling operatives collect recyclables like glass, paper and plastics from homes and businesses for sorting at waste collection sites.
Reprographic assistants use copiers, scanners and printers to make documents, brochures, leaflets and pictures.
Research and development (R&D) managers lead teams of scientists and engineers to create new products and improve existing ones.
Roustabouts work on oil and gas rigs, maintaining equipment, unloading supplies and helping the drilling team.
Sample machinists make samples of garments to show designers or customers how finished items will look.
Sewing machinists stitch pieces of material together to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings.
Signmakers design, make and fit signs for commercial and non-commercial use.
Technical brewers are in charge of the whole process of beer production and packaging.
Technical textiles designers research, create and test textiles for use in healthcare, manufacturing and construction materials.
Textile dyeing technicians create dyes to colour fibres and fabrics.
Textile machinery technicians maintain, service and repair machinery used in textiles manufacturing.
Textile operatives spin natural and synthetic material into yarns and fabrics for use in clothing, furnishings and industrial products.
Textile technologists produce specialist technical textiles for industries like automotive, manufacturing and healthcare.
Textiles production managers look after all stages of textiles manufacturing.
Toolmakers make the precision tools that are used in manufacturing to create products and parts.
Vehicle body repairers mend damaged vehicle parts and bodywork using metalworking and finishing techniques.
Welders cut, join and shape metal plate, pipework and composite materials in the aerospace, construction and civil engineering industries.
Window fabricators make glazed windows, doors, glass panels and curtain walls for homes and businesses.
Wood machinists cut and prepare timber for use in wood products.
Central Technical Support Officer
In Manufacturing Logistics, it’s exactly what you’d think - they provide logistics and supply chain solutions to manufacturing companies across various industries. This includes managing inbound logistics (such as transportation of raw materials from suppliers), inventory management, warehousing & distribution, order fulfilment services among others, ensuring that they have the right materials, parts and products at the right time and in the right place.
Start your exciting career as an Apprentice Furniture Technician with Furniture Care Network providing our customers with a prompt, courteous and professional furniture care service in close liaison with our internal support team.You will be based at your home address visiting customers within a certain region.You must have a driving licence as ultimately you will be provided with a company van to perform this role.All training will be provided, including a recognised qualification in Furniture Repair, Assembly and Customer Service.
Working in a small team, within a relaxed work environment, this is an opportunity to work closely with the Project Director, getting a good grounding in the fundamentals of a busy office.
- Assist in the operation & set-up of the CNC, Edgebander and Beam Saw machines. - Ensure a smooth and on time delivery of components and assemblies to various factory departments. - Ensure that components are to correct specification to meet customer requirements. - Use paperwork to carry out specific detailed tasks (labels, drawings & specifications) - Quality checking and fault identification - Carry out any general tasks when asked by your Line leaderManager - Conform to all Health & Safety policies and guidelines
The Wood Machinist Apprenticeship would involve training within all furniture manufacturing areas including our three C.N.C machining centres.
- Assisting with production & manufacturing of shop fitting furniture and bespoke components. - Use of manual and power tools to cut, drill, shape and edge materials to high standard. - Backing off on edgebander, checking finish of products, manual handling of goods around the workshop. - Loading unloading of company vehicles to prepare for site visits. - Possibly machinery such as the beam saw, edge bander, CNC and a range of assembly methods. - Quantity of time will be spent in the wood mill processing materials.
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