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Planning, process and production technicians

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£34,320 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of technical support functions to assist production, process and planning engineers with production programmes and schedules and with manufacturing and processing procedures in order to ensure accuracy, cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

Main Tasks

  • Supports planning and production engineers in assessing existing and alternative production methods;
  • Works from, and helps implement, professional engineers’ drawings and specifications for equipment and layout, and helps implement modifications required for existing plant machinery/layout;
  • Works with engineers on production control methods to monitor operational efficiency and helps to eliminate potential hazards and bottlenecks in production;
  • Liaises with materials buying, storing and controlling departments to ensure a steady flow of supplies;
  • Supports professional engineers in reviewing safety, quality, accuracy, reliability and contractual requirements;
  • Supports implementation of plans of sequence of operations and completion dates for each phase of production or processing;
  • Ensures implementation of inspection, testing and evaluation methods for bought-in materials, components, semi-finished and finished products;
  • Ensures accuracy of manufacturing and testing equipment;
  • Ensures effective completion and implementation of detailed instructions on processes, work methods and quality and safety standards for workers.


Entrants to training usually possess GCSEs/ S grades. Vocational training consists either of full-time study for a BTEC/SQA National award followed by two years on-the-job training, or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3.

What Planning, process and production technicians studied in higher education

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What Planning, process and production technicians studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies6
(C1) Biology6
(H3) Mechanical engineering2
(F1) Chemistry8
(C8) Psychology1
(C5) Microbiology2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments3
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(D4) Agriculture1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(Q3) English studies2
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering4
(F5) Astronomy1
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(J5) Materials technology not otherwise specified1
(H1) General engineering2
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing4
(W4) Drama8
(M1) Law by area1
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(H9) Others in engineering1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics2
(T7) American studies1
(N1) Business studies4
(J6) Maritime technology1
(D6) Food & beverage studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)2
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies6
(N2) Management studies4
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance1
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science4

UK Prospects

30400 Workforce Size
0.96% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
4438 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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