Plant Baker

Career information

What do they do?

Plant bakers work in factories preparing and baking goods such as bread, biscuits, cakes and pastries. They use production machinery to safely and hygienically prepare large volumes of food products and may learn maintenance skills for minor repairs.

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day; starting early or shift work.

Plant bakers undertake training on specialist equipment to set up, control and shut down manufacturing procedures and ensure quality control. They also learn about the science of baking in large volumes.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Food or Nutrition
  • Physical Education or Health.
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Good at problem solving/creative.
Helpful experience
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling or persuading people
  • Working with machinery.
Preferred work environments
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day.



Unit standards in School/strong>

  • NCEA Level 1 could be useful
  • Food Technology – Health and Safety
  • Baking
Entry level jobs


  • Plant baker
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Test Bakery Technician
  • Team Leader
  • Specialist Technical Advisor
  • Supervisor.
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Production Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.

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