W5 - Manufacturing

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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. 


For further information please see:


SEMTA (Science, Engineering, Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)

14 Upton Road     Watford    WD18 0JT
Tel:  01923 238441      Fax:  01923 256086     Email: infodesk@semta.org.uk
Semta Learning Advice Line (free) 0800 282 167
Website: www.semta.org.uk - Choose careers information advice and guidance

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

12 Whitehall   London   SW1A 2DY
Tel:  020 7930 3477      Fax:  020 7747 1411      Email: abpischools@abpi.org.uk
Website: www.abpi-careers.org.uk (careers website) 

General information on Northern Ireland based careers can be found on www.careersserviceni.com - Choose explore careers

Courses in areas relevant to manufacturing are available at a number of higher education institutions.  Please see the UCAS site www.ucas.ac.uk for more information - Choose students then courses.

For information on modern apprenticeships, see the Engineering Training Council (Northern Ireland) site www.etcni.org.uk - Choose careers then modern apprenticeships.


Other Useful Websites:

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportwww.ciltuk.org.uk - Choose careers
Glass and Glazing Federationwww.ggf.co.uk - Choose learn about glass then schools, careers and training
Institute of Quality Assurancewww.iqa.org - Choose education
Institute of Leadership & Managementwww.i-l-m.com - Choose qualifications
Women into Science and Engineeringwww.wisecampaign.org.uk - Choose girls