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Plant and machine operatives n.e.c.

£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£28,600 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group operate a variety of plant and machinery not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 812: Plant and Machine Operatives.

Main Tasks

  • Operates acetylene torches and other cutting equipment to dismantle boilers, cars, ships, railway track, engines, machinery and other scrap metal;
  • Bends, coils, crimps and spins metal wires in the manufacture of cables, springs, ropes and other wire goods;
  • Operates machines in the manufacture of nuts, bolts, nails, screws, pins, rivets, etc.;
  • Fills grease gun with grease of appropriate grade, and applies grease or oil to grease points or lubrication holes in machinery or equipment and over bearings, axles and other similar parts;
  • Ensures that rollers in rope haulage system are well greased and running freely;
  • Inspects machines and equipment, and reports any faults.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs are available in some areas.

UK Prospects

19000 Workforce Size
12.71% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
5218 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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