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What do they do?

General manufacturing operators work in processing, production, assembly or distribution, usually in large businesses or factories. They can become highly skilled in their specific areas and there is room for advancement into team leader, supervisory and management roles. 

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A typical day

Typically an eight-hour day or shift work.

General manufacturing workers work on different parts of the processing, production, assembly or distribution lines, learning specific skills for each role. You may also undertake training on specialist equipment and learn to make minor repairs and maintain the equipment you use.

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Sound like you?

  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Food or Nutrition.
  • Confident communicator
  • Reasonable strength and fitness
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good work habits/time management.
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Selling or persuading people
  • Working with machinery.
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • Outside (outdoors)
  • Different places from time to time.


NCEA Level 2 recommended

Traineeship or apprenticeship

  • Process Worker
  • Production Worker
  • Assembly Worker
  • Distribution Worker.

Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Production Manager
  • Teacher/Tutor.

Higher learning

  • Business Manager
  • Business Owner.

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