Helpers–Production Workers

Job Description:

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

Associated 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, or cleaning work areas and equipment.
  • Clean and lubricate equipment.
  • Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production.


Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $9.68
Median Hourly Earnings: $13.64
Experienced Earnings: $17.46
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 18,199
2022 Jobs 18,363
Average Annual Openings: 2,839 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 1,893
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