Machine Operator Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Machine Operator, or Machine Minder, works with the heavy machinery associated with industries like construction, transportation and manufacturing. Their primary duties include utilising the equipment, ensuring the machines are functioning well and training others on how to safely use the machines. 


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Machine Operator duties and responsibilities

A Machine Operator should be able to complete demanding physical duties and complete challenging problem-solving tasks these may include:

  • Remaining in challenging physical positions for long periods of time
  • Lifting a minimum of 23 kilograms
  • Monitoring equipment
  • Maintaining a safe work environment
  • Setting up machines so they are ready to use
  • Following established rules and procedures
  • Carrying out safety checks on the machinery
  • Training new Machine Operator hires


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Example 1

*The role in a nutshell * Working in our Production team based in Birdham near Chichester, you will be kept very busy making our yummy chocolate. You will make all products to the recipe, complete paperwork and stocktakes, rotate stock and also store ingredients correctly. Your main responsibility is to operate the chocolate machines and chocolate support which involves manually loading chocolate. We can promise no two days will ever be the same! Shifts are mainly Monday – Friday, 6.30am – 2.30pm or 2.30pm - 10.30pm on rotation, but other shifts are required when busy. Please apply by submitting your CV and covering letter! *Ingredients* * Previous experience of working within a food environment would be advantageous * Previous machinery experience would be advantageous * Very organised and reliable * Enjoy being part of a team * Ability to follow recipes accurately Please visit our website for more details: Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £10.00-£12.00 per hour Benefits: * Additional leave * Bike to work scheme * Casual dress * Company events * Company pension * Employee discount * On-site parking * Sick pay * Store discounts Experience: * working in food manufacturing: 1 year (preferred) * machinery: 1 year (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Example 2

*Job Overview: * We are looking for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who can work as part of a team to proactively ensure the smooth operation of the assembly line ensuring all literature is placed into the correct envelope / bag / format for delivery. Position: Machine Operator Contract: Permanent / Full time, 36.5 hours per week Morning shift pattern (1 available): 6am - 2pm working over 5 days (Monday - Saturday) Evening shift pattern (4 available): 2pm – 10pm working over 5 days (Monday - Saturday) Salary: £9.07 p/h plus shift allowance of £97.50 p/month (2-10pm shift only) *Working on a high speed production line, the Machine Operator is responsible for: * · Carrying out basic machine changeover. · Checking specifications. · Reporting any issues straight to Tech Op / Senior Tech Op. · Leading problem solving activities. · Performing routine product testing and quality checks. · Effectively monitoring production equipment. · Following health & safety rules and regulations including COVID safety measures. · Maintaining a safe and clean workspace. · Achieving targets. · Learning to operate various machines and software. · Reading and following training documents and machine manuals. *Skills and Experience: * You will work mostly within a team so team working and communication skills are essential for this role. Some alone working may also be required. It would be advantageous if you have experience on polywrap (SITMA) and enclosing machines (CMC). *As well as a rewarding career with learning and development opportunities, Damart **colleagues also receive: * · Generous holiday entitlement · Auto Enrolment Pension scheme · Onsite free parking for colleagues at both sites · Onsite subsidised canteen on both sites · 50% colleague discount on all catalogue and shop products · Colleague wellness programme · Reward and Recognition scheme · Discount range of discounts at various local businesses Application deadline: 30/06/2021 Expected start date: 05/07/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: £9.07 per hour Benefits: * Discounted or free food * Employee discount * On-site parking * Wellness programmes Schedule: * 8 hour shift COVID-19 considerations: Social distancing guidelines in place; wearing of face coverings, sanitisation, disinfection and cleaning procedures are in place and we operate a one way system. Application question(s): * Are you applying for the morning or evening shift pattern? Experience: * Warehouse experience: 1 year (preferred) Work remotely: * No

What does a Machine Operator do?

Using heavy machinery, a Machine Operator helps complete construction, moves heavy objects, assembles products and does anything else associated with the industry in which they are working. A Machine Operator must ensure that the working environment is safe and that all employees understand how to use the machines according to company policy. They are responsible for completing tasks within a company that can only be accomplished with heavy machinery. 


Machine Operator skills and qualifications

Machine Operator works in different environments. A successful Machine Operator  will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:

  • An understanding of how to maintain machines
  • Excellent leadership and training skills
  • Ability to work on their own and work well with others
  • Thorough attention to detail
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to use the technology associated with the industry
  • Good time management skills
  • Physical coordination and dexterity 


Machine Operator experience requirements

This position may be listed as an entry-level position and a candidate may apply with little to no experience, as they can train with more experienced Operators. Most companies offer on-site training so that trainees can transition to become competent Machine Operators. Experienced operators may only need minimum on-site training and just a brief review of the company’s specific rules and procedures. All candidates must have some experience or familiarity with working outdoors in all types of weather. 


Machine Operator education and training requirements

Some companies may require applicants to have some college training, such as a Level 2 Certificate in Construction Plant Operations or a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment. The applicant may have also gained experience through a Construction Plant Operator or Machine Technician intermediate apprenticeship. Some may have applied directly to this position without much education in the hopes that they will receive on-site training. 

Machine Operator applicants must have at a minimum some GCSEs in English, maths and design and technology. They must also have a Construction Skills Certification Schemes card in order to operate machinery. This can be obtained through the Construction Industry Training Board. 


Machine Operator salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Machine Operator in the UK is £9.66 per hour. This figure varies depending on factors, including experience, location and company. 


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Machine Operator job description FAQs


What is the difference between a Machine Operator and an Extrusion Operator?

The most common machines that a Machine Operator uses include bulldozers, dump trucks, load shovels, cranes, compactors, piling rigs, forklifts and concrete pumps. The machines an applicant uses the most will depend on the industry for example, an Extrusion Operator only works with machines that shape thermoplastic materials. More schooling is not necessary to become an Extrusion Operator, but knowledge of the extrusion process is beneficial for obtaining the job. 


Who does a Machine Operator report to?

A Machine Operator typically reports to a Senior Machine Operator or on-site Manager. Since some of the inspections and upkeep regarding machines require individual work, a Machine Operator must know how to properly log and record their work so it can be shared and understood by the entire team.


Do Machine Operators have different responsibilities in different industries?

Machine Operators do have different responsibilities in different industries, therefore companies must advertise their industry in the job description and outline the technology the Machine Operator need to be proficient in. A Machine Operator for a construction site will need more experience with forklifts, bulldozers, cranes and concrete pumps. A Machine Operator for a manufacturing company will need more training using drilling machines, gear shapes, lathes and broaching machines. 


How can you make your Machine Operator job description stand out?

Specify what industry the company works in and what machinery the applicant should be familiar in using. Mention the shifts that need to be covered and any possibility of overtime or bonus pay. Highlight any career paths within the company, for example, if it’s possible for a Machine Operator to become a Manager or Senior Machine Operator after a few years of experience and necessary training. 

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