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Rubber process worker Rubber process operator, rubber extruder

Rubber process workers make products like seals, moulds, coatings and tyres, which are used in industries like motor manufacturing.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £20,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but a good standard of general education will be helpful.

Previous experience on a production line or in a processing plant is useful but not essential.

You could get into this job through a process manufacturing apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to follow production instructions
  • number skills for measuring amounts
  • flexibility for shift work

3. What you'll do

You’ll be:  

  • loading raw materials into production machinery
  • monitoring the production process
  • trimming and finishing products with specialist equipment or by hand
  • assembling parts
  • checking quality
  • moving finished products to storage areas ready for shipping
  • reporting production problems to supervisors

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £17,000 to £20,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 40 hours a week on a shift pattern. This could include weekends and nights.

You’ll be based in a factory or workshop, which could be noisy. Your employer will provide you with safety equipment like ear protectors.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and further training you could become a process technician, working on ways to improve the production process.

You could also become a shift supervisor or tool setter, programming equipment controls.

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Last updated: 13 December 2016