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Helpers--Production Workers

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Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

    Work Activities
    • Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete.
    • Load and unload items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances.
    • Operate machinery used in the production process, or assist machine operators.
    • Place products in equipment or on work surfaces for further processing, inspecting, or wrapping.
    • Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.
    • Measure amounts of products, lengths of extruded articles, or weights of filled containers to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Separate products according to weight, grade, size, or composition of materials used to produce them.
    • Turn valves to regulate flow of liquids or air, to reverse machines, to start pumps, or to regulate equipment.
    • Mark or tag identification on parts.
    • Dump materials such as prepared ingredients into machine hoppers prior to mixing.
    • Start machines or equipment to begin production processes.
    • Mix ingredients according to specified procedures or formulas.
    • Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify operators of any malfunctions.
    • Remove products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines.
    • Tie products in bundles for further processing or shipment, following prescribed procedures.
    • Lift raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using hoists.
    • Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production.
    • Read gauges or charts, and record data obtained.
    • Transfer finished products, raw materials, tools, or equipment between storage and work areas of plants and warehouses, by hand or using hand trucks or powered lift trucks.
    • Unclamp and hoist full reels from braiding, winding, or other fabricating machines, using power hoists.
    • Signal coworkers to direct them to move products during the production process.
    • Clean and lubricate equipment.
    • Pack and store materials and products.
    • Perform minor repairs to machines, such as replacing damaged or worn parts.
    • Prepare raw materials for processing.
    • Change machine gears, using wrenches.
    • Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment.
    • Attach slings, ropes, or cables to objects such as pipes, hoses, or bundles.
    • Position spouts or chutes of storage bins so that containers can be filled.
    • Wash work areas, machines, equipment, vehicles, or products.
    • Fold products and product parts during processing.
    • Break up defective products for reprocessing.
    • Thread ends of items such as thread, cloth, and lace through needles and rollers, and around take-up tubes.
    • Cut or break flashing from materials or products.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Monitoring

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

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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
    • Mechanical

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

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Production and Processing

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $31,550/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.17/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 18,320
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,970
    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
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Soldering iron
    • Skid steer loaders
    • Screwdrivers
    • Jacks
    • Hand trucks or accessories
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.