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

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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.
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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
LOW
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
LOW
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Tend or operate machine that packages product.
Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.
Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
Stack finished packaged items, or wrap protective material around each item and pack the items in cartons or containers.
Regulate machine flow, speed, or temperature.
Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.
Start machine by engaging controls.
Package the product in the form in which it will be sent out, for example, filling bags with flour from a chute or spout.
Inspect and remove defective products and packaging material.
Supply materials to spindles, conveyors, hoppers, or other feeding devices and unload packaged product.
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Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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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.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
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Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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