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Occupation Profile for Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

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

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$22,990.00 Median Annual Wage 7,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
10.3 Average Unemployment Percentage 80.0 Percentage That Completed High School
386,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 15.4 Percentage That Had Some College
365,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 4.6 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job 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
Bag Bundler
Bag Loader Machine Operator
Bagging Machine Operator
Baler
Baling Machine Tender
Bandage Wrapping Machine Operator
Bander
Bander and Cellophaner, Machine
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
Case Loader Operator
Case Packer and Sealer
Casing Finisher and Stuffer
Casing Runner
Casing Running Machine Tender
Chemical Operator
Cigar Bander
Cigar Brander
Cigar Wrapper Tender, Automatic
Cigarette Packer
Cigarette Packing Machine Operator
Comfort Filler
Corker
Corking Machine Operator
Cotton Baler
Cotton Roll Packer
Cubing Machine Tender
Cylinder Filler
Drum Filler
Dumping Machine Operator
Dynamite Packing Machine Operator
Fabrication Technician
Feed Weigher
Filler
Filler Machine Operator
Filler Operator
Filling and Stapling Machine Operator
Filling Machine Operator
Filling Machine Tender
Filling Room Operator
Foam Charger
Foam Dispenser
Food Bagging Machine Operator
Fruit Canner
Fruit Grader Operator
Gelatin Dynamite Packing Operator
Glass Vial Filler
Ham Rolling Machine Operator
Hot Kettle Tender
Hydraulic Press Operator
Icicle Machine Operator
Insulation Packer
Jar Capper
Jar Filler
Keg Filler
Keg Header
Labeler
Labeling Machine Operator
Level Glass Vial Filler
Line Leader
Line Operator
Lineman
Link Machine Operator
Linking Machine Operator
Loading Machine Adjuster
Loading Machine Operator
Loading Unit Operator
Loading Unit Tool Setter
Machine Crater
Machine Operator
Machine Packer
Manifold Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Masking Machine Operator
Meal Packer
Meat Stuffer
Milk Bottler
Milk Bottling Machine Operator
Molder, Meat
Nester
Oxygen Tank Filler
Package Sealer, Machine
Packager, Machine
Packaging Machine Operator
Packaging/Filling Machine Operator
Packer
Packer Operator, Automatic
Packer, Insulation
Packing Machine Operator
Packing Machine Pilot Can Router
Plug Overwrap Machine Tender
Potato Chip Sacking Machine Operator
Pouch Maker
Preservative Filler Machine Operator
Preservative Filler, Machine
Pressman
Produce Wrapper
Production Hand
Production Leader
Production Line Operator
Production Line Worker
Production Packager
Production Worker
Punchboard Filling Machine Operator
Quilt Stuffer, Machine
Rack Room Worker
Rim Fire Priming Operator
Rock Room Worker
Roll Finisher
Sand Slinger Operator
Sausage Canner
Sausage Stuffer
Scrap Baller
Seal Extrusion Operator
Sealer
Sealer Operator
Sealing Machine Operator
Sectionizer
Snuff Packing Machine Operator
Strap Machine Operator
Strapping Machine Operator
Stuffer
Stuffing Machine Operator
Tank Filler
Tape Fastener Machine Operator
Tea Bag Packer
Tobacco Packing Machine Operator
Tobacco Wrapping Machine Tender
Toy Stuffer
Tracer Bullet Charging Machine Operator
Tray Casting Machine Operator
Tying Machine Operator
Tying Machine Operator, Lumber
Vacuum Closing Machine Operator
Vegetable Canner
Wrapper Layer
Wrapper Layer and Examiner, Soft Work
Wrapping Machine Operator
Yeast Cutting and Wrapping Machine Operator

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • 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.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Core — Clean, oil, and make minor adjustments or repairs to machinery and equipment, such as opening valves or setting guides.
  • Core — Observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of filled or packaged products to standards.
  • Core — Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.
  • Core — Adjust machine components and machine tension and pressure according to size or processing angle of product.
  • Core — Stack finished packaged items, or wrap protective material around each item and pack the items in cartons or containers.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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