Cement maker Cement production worker, process plant operator
Cement makers turn raw materials like limestone into building products.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but previous experience in construction or quarrying would be useful.
You could get into this job through a minerals processing or building products apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- the ability to follow instructions
- practical skills to operate equipment and machinery
3. What you'll do
- unloading raw materials like limestone and chalk
- transferring materials to crushing and milling machines
- feeding the crushed material into kilns to produce 'clinker'
- mixing additives, like gypsum, in the correct amounts
- operating grinding machinery that turns clinker into cement
- moving the finished product to storage silos
- loading bulk tankers for deliveries
- reporting problems in the production process to supervisors
Starter: £16,000 to £18,000
Highly Experienced: £24,000 (supervisors)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll work up to 40 hours a week in a cement production plant.
The work can be physically demanding. Your employer will give you safety equipment.
6. Career path and progression
With experience you could become a shift supervisor.
You could also move into plant and machinery maintenance after completing a course in engineering.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018