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Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
    • Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
    • Stop or reset machines when malfunctions occur, clear machine jams, and report malfunctions to a supervisor.
    • Observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of filled or packaged products to standards.
    • Remove finished packaged items from machine and separate rejected items.
    • Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.
    • Inspect and remove defective products and packaging material.
    • Tend or operate machine that packages product.
    • Start machine by engaging controls.
    • Clean, oil, and make minor adjustments or repairs to machinery and equipment, such as opening valves or setting guides.
    • Regulate machine flow, speed, or temperature.
    • Adjust machine components and machine tension and pressure according to size or processing angle of product.
    • Supply materials to spindles, conveyors, hoppers, or other feeding devices and unload packaged product.
    • Stack finished packaged items, or wrap protective material around each item, and pack the items in cartons or containers.
    • Package the product in the form in which it will be sent out, for example, filling bags with flour from a chute or spout.
    • Stock and sort product for packaging or filling machine operation, and replenish packaging supplies, such as wrapping paper, plastic sheet, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
    • Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.
    • Secure finished packaged items by hand tying, sewing, gluing, stapling, or attaching fastener.
    • Clean and remove damaged or otherwise inferior materials to prepare raw products for processing.

    Skills

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 34150/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 15,990
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,890

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity

    Tools

    • Screwdrivers
    • Razor knives
    • Pallet trucks
    • Calipers
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

    Tags

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