What does an Operator do?

Operators are skilled technicians who control light or heavy machinery in various fields and use their in-depth knowledge to perform tasks including producing goods or making repairs. Operators need attention to detail and to concentrate and be precise in their work. They utilize hand-eye coordination and turn to their technical and mechanical skills to operate machinery and equipment. They use and oversee equipment needed to produce items and could be hired to produce anything from high-tech gadgets to appliances.

Operators ensure their machines perform at optimal levels and follow a regular upkeep schedule, including oiling parts, refilling dispensers, or checking calibrations. They may also perform necessary repairs, including tightening bolts. Operators inspect pieces or products the machine produces and bring issues to management’s attention immediately. They abide by workplace and governmental guidelines to reduce the chance of injury to themselves and others. Operators need a high school diploma, and on-the-job training is typical.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
19%
5 - 7
2%
8+
68%

Common Skill Sets

RADAR Systems
Guarding
Aircraft Systems
Attention To Detail
Computer Literate
Forming
Views
Excellent Communication

Operator Seniority Levels

L2
Operator
$23,671/yr
L3
Senior Operator
$28,862/yr
L4
Operator IV
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Operations Manager
12% made the transition
Warehouse Manager
26% made the transition
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Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

£23,671 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£15K
Median: £24K
£38K
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