Typical job roles

Operating the systems and equipment involved in the production of products within the science and process industries.

Science manufacturing technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, petrochemical, formulated products and nuclear manufacturing. A science manufacturing technician will operate the systems and equipment, involved in the production of products. They may work in varied conditions including wearing specialist safety equipment, shift work and on sites running 365-day operations. Many companies operate under highly regulated conditions and a premium is placed on appropriate attitudes and behaviours to ensure employees comply with organisational safety and regulatory requirements.

Science manufacturing technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a manufacturing team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they undertake. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment.

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Typical Tasks

  • Working autonomously, safely and efficiently in line with all sector relevant legislation, regulations and procedures
  • Working within specialist environments, such as aseptic (where relevant)
  • Understanding and applying risk assessments and safe conditions on the plant
  • Starting, monitoring and controlling processes to maintain quality standards
  • Manufacturing intermediates, materials or products using plant equipment
  • Following Standard Operating Procedures or methodologies
  • Sampling products
  • Carrying out simple testing (where relevant)
  • Maintaining housekeeping standards in work areas
  • Carrying out the root cause to resolve issues with equipment
  • Updating production records
  • Preparing areas for maintenance

Entry criteria

4 or 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Mathematics for a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Typical duration

36 months

Career/progression opportunities

Completion of this Apprenticeship can lead to progression opportunities into the following careers:

  • Team leader
  • Shift supervisor
  • Assistant production manager

Dependent on employer requirements, progression onto higher level qualifications (HNC, HND, Degree) or a Higher/Degree Apprenticeship