Working in manufacturing with A levels (or similar)

At this level, you could find a job supervising or managing others on the production line.

There are opportunities in research and development, where you carry out tests and experiments to prepare for production. Or how about working in planning, purchasing or distribution? For example, you could be part of the team that makes sure all the materials are in place ready for production to begin.

Example jobs

Lab technician
Testing and sampling materials, ingredients or products in preparation for production.

CNC machinist
Programming machines to produce precision-engineered parts.

Quality control technician
Checking that the final product meets all necessary standards. 

Robotic technician
Assembling, maintaining and operating the industrial sector's automated workforce.

Approximate pay levels

Figures supplied as a guide only

Pay levels graph

Typical working conditions

  • Working conditions vary. You could be on an oil rig or in a cake factory, in a laboratory or an office.
  • In labs and factories, you will probably need to wear protective clothing.

Qualifications needed

Apprenticeships or vocational qualifications in engineering, sciences or food technologies will be relevant. If you are choosing A levels, consider subjects like maths, physics, chemistry or design and technology.

Career path

An advanced or higher apprenticeship or university qualification could lead to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay. Some people choose to study part-time alongside their work. Experience in the industry will also help you to move on in your career. You might become a team leader or a senior technician.

Useful links

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National Careers Service

Information on a wide range of manufacturing careers

Make It

Careers information for young people from the Manufacturing Institute

Institute of Food Science & Technology