Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Job Description:

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

Associated 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.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $10.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $15.50 and up
Experienced Earnings: $19.03
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 17,650
2022 Jobs 18,419
Average Annual Openings: 2,239 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 1,351
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