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Machine Feeders and Offbearers

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Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect materials and products for defects, and to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Record production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
    • Push dual control buttons and move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment.
    • Weigh or measure materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Identify and mark materials, products, and samples, following instructions.
    • Clean and maintain machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
    • Remove materials and products from machines and equipment, and place them in boxes, trucks or conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
    • Load materials and products into machines and equipment, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
    • Transfer materials and products to and from machinery and equipment, using industrial trucks or hand trucks.
    • Shovel or scoop materials into containers, machines, or equipment for processing, storage, or transport.
    • Open and close gates of belt and pneumatic conveyors on machines that are fed directly from preceding machines.
    • Fasten, package, or stack materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
    • Add chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.
    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
    4
    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.

    • Rate Control

      The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.

    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.

    • Mathematics

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $31,200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.00/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,990
    • Yearly Projected Openings 520
    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:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Wrapping machinery
    • Milling machines
    • Grinding machines
    • Glue roller spreader
    • Batching plants or feeders
    Technology
    • Time accounting software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software