Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Description

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Tasks

  • Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
  • Observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of filled or packaged products to standards.
  • Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.
  • Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
  • Stock and sort product for packaging or filling machine operation, and replenish packaging supplies, such as wrapping paper, plastic sheet, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
  • 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.
  • Start machine by engaging controls.
  • Remove finished packaged items from machine and separate rejected items.
  • Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.
  • Adjust machine components and machine tension and pressure according to size or processing angle of product.
  • Stop or reset machines when malfunctions occur, clear machine jams, and report malfunctions to a supervisor.
  • 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.
  • Tend or operate machine that packages product.
  • Supply materials to spindles, conveyors, hoppers, or other feeding devices and unload packaged product.
  • Clean and remove damaged or otherwise inferior materials to prepare raw products for processing.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Physics
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Skills

Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
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.
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.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
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.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

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.
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.
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.
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

A-Operator
Adjuster/Packer
Ampoule Filler
Ampoule Sealer
Apple Press Operator
Assembly Leader
Assembly Line Worker
Assembly Person
Assembly Worker
Assemblyman or Woman
Auto Roller
Automatic Cigar Wrapper Tender
Automatic Packer Operator
Bag Bundler
Bag Loader Machine Operator
Bagging Machine Operator
Baler
Baling Machine Tender
Bandage Wrapping Machine Operator
Bander
Barrel Filler
Base Filler
Base-Filler Operator
Bb Shot Packer
Belt Worker
Blister Pack Operator
Blister Packaging Machine Operator
Blocker
Boring and Filling Machine Operator
Bottle Capper
Bottle Capping Machine Operator
Bottle Caser
Bottle Filler
Bottle Labeler
Bottle Line Worker
Bottle Packer
Bottler
Bottling Line Operator
Bottling Machine Operator
Bottling Room Worker
Box Closing Machine Operator
Box Strapper
Boxer Operator
Boxing Machine Operator
Bread Wrapper
Bread Wrapper Operator
Bullet Charging Machine Operator
Bunch Maker, Machine
Bundle Tier and Labeler
Bundling Machine Operator
Can Capper
Can Closing Machine Operator
Can Coverer
Can Filler
Can Filling and Closing Machine Tender
Can Labeler
Can Line Operator
Can Sealer
Candle Wrapping Machine Operator
Candy Wrapping Machine Operator
Canner
Cannery Worker
Canning Machine Operator
Capper
Capper Machine Operator
Capping Machine Operator
Capsule Filler
Capsule Filling Machine Operator
Capsule Machine Operator
Capsule Maker
Carder
Carton Filling Machine Operator
Carton Machine Operator
Carton Packaging Machine Operator
Cartridge Filler

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$12.43 hourly, $25,860 annual.
Employment (2008):
367,700 employees