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Machine presser Brake press operator, machine press operator

Machine pressers operate industrial equipment to make metal sheeting and parts for use in manufacturing and construction.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,500 to £24,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but experience in engineering or manufacturing would be an advantage. Training is given on the job in many cases.

You could get into this job through a metal processing or engineering manufacture apprenticeship

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • attention to detail
  • practical skills
  • the ability to solve problems

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include: 

  • reading work instruction sheets
  • setting up machine controls
  • operating stamp, punch and brake presses
  • checking product quality
  • reporting production problems to supervisors
  • moving finished products to storage and packing areas
  • monitoring stock levels
  • keeping work areas clear of waste off-cuts and other hazards

4. Salary

Starter: £15,500 to £17,500

Experienced: £18,000 to £21,000

Highly Experienced: £21,000 to £24,000 (supervisor)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week on a shift pattern.

You’ll be based in an engineering workshop or manufacturing production plant. 

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could become a workshop supervisor, or train to become an engineering fitter or technician.

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Last updated: 13 December 2016