Manufacturing industries include aerospace, biotechnology, ceramics, chemicals, electricity and electronics, energy, food and drink, furniture, glass, metals, minerals, packaging, paper and printing, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, textiles and clothing, timber and vehicles.
Assemblers fit together partly completed items to make a final product.
Packers put finished products into packaging. The main responsibilities of production managers are planning and control, and production supervision, in a range of manufacturing operations.
Production workers (process operatives, factory workers or machine operatives) carry out work involved in making manufactured goods.
Quality controllers ensure that raw materials, materials being processes, and finished products are tested to meet specified quality standards.
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