Plant or Machine Operative
- Inspects machines and equipment, and reports any faults.
- Ensures that rollers in rope haulage system are well greased and running freely.
- Fills grease gun with grease of appropriate grade, and applies grease or oil to grease points or lubrication holes in machinery or equipment and over bearings, axles and other similar parts.
- Operates machines in the manufacture of nuts, bolts, nails, screws, pins, rivets, etc..
- Bends, coils, crimps and spins metal wires in the manufacture of cables, springs, ropes and other wire goods.
- Operates acetylene torches and other cutting equipment to dismantle boilers, cars, ships, railway track, engines, machinery and other scrap metal.
Typical Education Level
Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 21% 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
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for plant or machine operative is £18,719
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 535. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for plant or machine operative roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £18,719 per year. That is about £1,560 per month or £9.60 per hour. New workers generally start on £9,909, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £30,434
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, 535 people are employed in the region.