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Turners play key roles in manufacturing and precision engineering companies and factories all over the UK. A skilled job holder in this field is prized for their ability to follow drawings and accurately replicate machine parts that will keep a production plant running or which are sold to customers.
The ability to produce items for conveyor, hydraulic and pneumatic devices, pumps and motors as well as programme CNCs and use the hand tools supplied for particular jobs are mandatory for most positions. Familiarity with working on steel, stainless, brass and iron articles is also necessary.
Time served turner apprentices as well as those with previous experience on system machinery such as FANUC or Siemens is required. Successful applicants must demonstrate good mechanical and logical aptitudes. As many manufacturing plants operate around the clock, incumbents are usually required to work shifts.
Full-time positions generally pay somewhere around £10.00 or £11.00 an hour or £21,000 per annum. Some employers offer shift enhancements for unsocial working hours. Employment opportunities are mostly centred on urban and industrial areas of the UK.


Professionals who are responsible for the manufacturing of precision instruments, using drilling machines; are known as Turners or Millers. Other tools of their trade include metal blocks. These instruments help to produce the screws that are found in vehicles, or even trains; and in airplanes, turbine rotors. They are founded mostly in the shipping, engineering, motor and manufacturing industries.
With the development of computer aided technology, these individuals have more help to achieve their tasks and make their jobs less manual. Still a Turner needs to wear safety gear and will have to be physically capable of standing on their feet for extended periods of time. Millers, depending on the company, work on shift system and may do overtime when required.
A Turner usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Cutting hydraulic pipes
• Working with various machinists
• Overseeing the installation of new machinery
• Conducting risk assessments and checking for efficiency
• Ensuring the consistent maintenance of the machinery


• Being driven and responsible
• Following all health and safety regulations
• Implementing milling or turning knowledge
• Leadership and teamwork
• Managing various tasks and projects
• Physical stamina and hand eye coordination
• Risk assessment and machine installation
• Stress management and communication
• Understanding equipment manuals, drawings and other data
• Understanding mathematical and numeric data
• Using computer technologies


Turners often start their careers by gaining an Apprenticeship. In this way they are able to get firsthand experience and training on the job. Others often choose the route of attending various vocational or educational institutions and pursuing certificates, diplomas and other qualifications. Courses often pursued include:
•    Engineering
•    Engineering Practice
•    Performing Engineering Operations
•    Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering
•    Engineering Toolmaking
•    Science
•    IT and Technology
Available certifications for interested persons include the BTEC, NVQ, and GCSE.

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