Helpers--Production Workers

Description

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

Tasks

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

Knowledge

Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Abrasive Mixer Helper
Acid Filler
Advertising Material Distributor
Air and Water Filler
Aircraft Machinist Helper
Airport Maintenance Laborer
Almond Blancher
Alodize Machine Helper
Anglesmith Helper
Animal Stunner
Annealer Helper
Apron Cleaner
Asbestos Brake Lining Finisher Helper
Assembler
Assembly Inspector Helper
Assistant Operator
Auto Painter Helper
Automatic Pad Making Machine Operator Helper
Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operator Helper
Automotive Painter Helper
Backup Operator
Bag Liner
Bag Machine Operator Helper
Baggage Handler
Bagging Salvager
Baker Helper
Bakery Helper
Balcony Worker
Band Salvager
Bander and Cellophaner Machine Helper
Bander Operator
Bandoleer Straightener Stamper
Barrel Assembler Helper
Barrel Charrer Helper
Barrel Drainer
Barrel Loader and Cleaner
Barrel Marker
Barrel Raiser Helper
Barrow Worker Helper
Basket Filler
Basting Puller
Beamer Helper
Beater Engineer Helper
Beater Room Helper
Beater Worker Helper
Bedder
Bench Worker Helper
Bender Helper
Beveling and Edging Machine Operator Helper
Bias Cutter Helper
Bias Machine Operator Helper
Billposter
Blacksmith Helper
Blanket Winder Helper
Blast Furnace Helper
Blast Furnace Keeper Helper
Bleach Packer
Blender Helper
Blending Tank Tender Helper
Blintze Roller
Blow Down Helper
Blow Off Worker
Blow Pit Helper
Boat Hoist Operator Helper
Boat Loader Helper
Bobbin Disker
Bobbin Loose End Finder
Boiler Helper
Boiler Room Helper
Boilermaker Helper
Bolter Helper
Bone Picker
Boner
Booker
Boot and Shoe Laborer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$10.96 hourly, $22,810 annual.
Employment (2008):
419,840 employees