Crematorium technicians work in crematoria and at cemeteries, and have a variety of responsibilities at each cremation.
Before a service they clean and prepare the chapel and ensure the cremation equipment is operating safely. They meet the funeral cortege and escort the mourners into and out of the chapel. They also deal with any enquiries.
Once the funeral service is over, the crematorium technician is responsible for the cremation process. They also attend to the storage and disposal of the cremated remains.
Other aspects of the job include record keeping and administrative duties: accompanying visitors to existing memorials; assisting with grounds maintenance; and sometimes supervising cemetery workers.
What's the working environment like working as a crematorium technician?
Hours are mainly 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but some services also take place at weekends. Crematorium technicians spend most of their time indoors, with long periods spent standing up, although some outdoor work may also be required.
What does it take to become a crematorium technician?
As a crematorium technician you will need:
- A great deal of tact and discretion
- The ability to deal with grieving people with tact, sympathy and respect
- Good communication skills for liaising with ministers, mourners, funeral directors, council officials etc
- Good administration and record keeping skills
- The ability to pay attention to detail and work within set regulations.
Crematorium technician career opportunities
Crematoria and cemeteries in Britain are operated by local authorities and private companies. The number of people employed in cemeteries is greater than at crematoria.
Experienced staff can progress into crematorium/cemetery management.