Planning, process or production technician

Job holders in this unit group 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.

Tasks

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

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 16% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£29,952

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for planning, process or production technician is £29,952

630 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 630. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for planning, process or production technician roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £29,952 per year. That is about £2,496 per month or £15.36 per hour. New workers generally start on £21,091, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £46,571

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 630 people are employed in the region.

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