We're building a new service – your feedback will help us to improve it.

Cement maker Cement production worker, process plant operator

Cement makers turn raw materials like limestone into building products.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £24,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but previous experience in construction or quarrying would be useful.

You could get into this job through a minerals processing or building products apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • the ability to follow instructions
  • practical skills to operate equipment and machinery

3. What you'll do

You'll be:

  • unloading raw materials like limestone and chalk
  • transferring materials to crushing and milling machines
  • feeding the crushed material into kilns to produce 'clinker'
  • mixing additives, like gypsum, in the correct amounts
  • operating grinding machinery that turns clinker into cement
  • moving the finished product to storage silos
  • loading bulk tankers for deliveries
  • reporting problems in the production process to supervisors

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000

Highly Experienced: £24,000 (supervisors)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll work up to 40 hours a week in a cement production plant.

The work can be physically demanding. Your employer will give you safety equipment.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could become a shift supervisor.

You could also move into plant and machinery maintenance after completing a course in engineering.

Related careers

You may be interested in:

Last updated: 12 April 2017