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Kiln attendant Kiln operator, kiln worker

Kiln attendants oversee the firing process for clay and ceramic products like tableware, bricks and tiles.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There 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

You’ll need:

  • 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 

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £19,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000 (supervisor)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’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 progression

With 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