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Science Manufacturing Technician

Operating high-tech equipment to precise standards, making products in industries from pharmaceuticals to biotechnology

How this role makes a difference

All manufacturing processes today are very precisely configured to ensure products are made accurately and as efficiently as possible. In industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and chemicals, maintaining accuracy ensures the quality, effectiveness, and safety of products, while efficiency ensures the timeliness and cost effectiveness of delivery.

A science manufacturing technician monitors the manufacturing process, collecting data from different stages to establish where efficiencies can be gained, errors have happened, and problems have been overlooked. You could be the technician who helps to control production, to monitor quality and efficiency, and to help make sure final products are safe.

The kind of work you’ll do

  • Setting up manufacturing processes and collecting performance data from different stages
  • Following quality procedures set by the law and your workplace
  • Monitoring processing equipment
  • Highlighting abnormal activity or conditions
  • Collaborating with different specialisms in the manufacturing team to understand why problems have occurred
  • Findings ways to solve problems
  • Developing ways to improve all areas of the manufacturing process
Useful skills
Communicating complex ideas
Useful skills
Useful skills
Technologically minded

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

As your experience grows, you will take on more responsibility for data analysis as well as data capture, and could become a senior manager leading a team of technicians.

Your specialist knowledge in developing efficiencies and continuous improvements in manufacturing, could lead you to working in a consultancy, advising a range of companies on how to achieve high standards in manufacturing.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:  

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

You will work with specialist systems and equipment to capture data in a range of different conditions, including on the production line. Many sectors have laws that control how things are made and you will share responsibility for making sure the right standards are maintained.

Other job titles...

This role can also be known by some other job titles including:

Chemical Plan Process Workers
Polymer Technician
Pharmaceutical Technician
Chemical Engineering Technician

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