Packaging and Filling Machine Operators
On the Job
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators run machines that get consumer products ready for storage or shipment. They may work on machines that pack food products.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
- Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Count finished products or workpieces.
- Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Package products for storage or shipment.
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
- Sew clothing or other articles.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
Typical Working Conditions
- A work pace that is determined by the speed of equipment.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Working with a group or team.
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