Kiln attendant Kiln operator, kiln worker
Kiln attendants oversee the firing process for clay and ceramic products like tableware, bricks and tiles.
1. Entry requirementsThere are no set entry requirements but experience on a production line or with ceramics would be helpful.
You could get into this job through a ceramics manufacturing apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- practical skills
- attention to detail
- basic IT skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- checking pre-fired clay items for defects
- placing products into the kiln
- programming the kiln’s timing and temperature controls
- monitoring the firing process
- checking quality
- unloading the kiln and moving fired products to finishing workshops
Starter: £16,000 to £19,000
Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000 (supervisor)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll work up to 40 hours a week, which may be on a shift pattern.
You’ll be based in a production plant, which could be noisy, dusty and hot. You employer will give you protective clothing and equipment.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a kiln supervisor or production manager.
With training, you could become a maintenance technician, servicing and repairing kilns.
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Last updated: 13 December 2016