Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

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Also known as:
Bottle Capper, Bottle Line Worker, Bottle Packer, Can Filler, Can Sealer, Keg Filler, Potato Chip Packaging Machine Operator, Tea Bag Packer

ABOUT PACKAGING OR FILLING MACHINE OPERATOR CAREERS
Video transcript

Nearly every product made is sold in its own unique packaging. Making sure those items are properly packaged is the job of a packaging and filling machine operator. Whether its bagging items, rolling sheets, filling containers, making blister packs, wrapping, or boxing, packaging readies the product for display, purchase or shipment.

Operators move materials to and from production areas - manually or wit forklifts, dollies, carts, or hand trucks. They set up, tend, and sometimes repair machines on-the-job. In some situations, operators feed and monitor automatic equipment.

No special education is required for this entry-level job - just a high school diploma or its equivalent. Operators work on their feet, lifting containers, running equipment and inspecting machines. Overtime may be required. Someone looking for a steady position that requires few specific skills may want to work as a packaging and filling machine operator.

SNAPSHOT
Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
HIGH
Daily tasks

Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.

Clean packaging containers, line and pad crates, or assemble cartons to prepare for product packing.

Secure finished packaged items by hand tying, sewing, gluing, stapling, or attaching fastener.

Clean, oil, and make minor adjustments or repairs to machinery and equipment, such as opening valves or setting guides.

Adjust machine components and machine tension and pressure according to size or processing angle of product.

Regulate machine flow, speed, or temperature.

Clean and remove damaged or otherwise inferior materials to prepare raw products for processing.

Tend or operate machine that packages product.

Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.

Supply materials to spindles, conveyors, hoppers, or other feeding devices and unload packaged product.

Start machine by engaging controls.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
AREAS OF 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.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
TOP 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.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.