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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.   (O'Net 51-9111.00)

 
Reported 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, Automatic Cigar Wrapper Tender, Automatic Packer Operator, Bag Bundler, Bag Loader Machine Operator, Bagger, 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, Bundler, 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, Cigarette Packer, Cigarette Packing Machine Operator, Closing 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 Controller, Line Leader, Line Operator, Lineman, Link Machine Operator, Linking Machine Operator, Loading Machine Adjuster, Loading Machine Operator, Loading Unit Operator, Loading Unit Tool Setter, Lumber Tying Machine Operator, Machine Bander and Cellophaner, Machine Crater, Machine Operator, Machine Operator Mechanic, Machine Package Sealer, Machine Packager, Machine Packer, Machine Preservative Filler, Machine Quilt Stuffer, Manifold Operator, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Masking Machine Operator, Meal Packer, Meat Molder, Meat Stuffer, Milk Bottler, Milk Bottling Machine Operator, Nester, Order Packer, Oxygen Tank Filler, Pack Machine Operator, Pack Operator, Packaging Associate, Packaging Machine Operator, Packaging Operator, Packaging Technician, Packaging/Filling Machine Operator, Packer, Packer Inspector, Packing Machine Operator, Packing Machine Pilot Can Router, Plug Overwrap Machine Tender, Potato Chip Packaging Machine Operator, Potato Chip Sacking Machine Operator, Pouch Maker, Preservative Filler Machine Operator, Pressman, Produce Wrapper, Production Hand, Production Leader, Production Line Operator, Production Line Worker, Production Packager, Production Worker, Punchboard Filling Machine Operator, 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, Sheeter Helper, Snuff Packing Machine Operator, Soft Work Wrapper Layer and Examiner, 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, Vacuum Closing Machine Operator, Vegetable Canner, Wrapper Layer, Wrapping Machine Operator, Yeast Cutting and Wrapping Machine Operator
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 11.70   $ 13.34   $ 15.50   $ 18.34   $ 21.57   $ 16.00  
    Yearly $24,330   $27,750   $32,230   $38,150   $44,870   $33,270  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.22   $ 12.97   $ 14.75   $ 17.25   $ 19.11   $ 15.09  
    Yearly $23,340   $26,990   $30,670   $35,880   $39,750   $31,390  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.33   $ 13.06   $ 15.29   $ 19.50   $ 24.75   $ 16.70  
    Yearly $23,570   $27,170   $31,810   $40,550   $51,480   $34,740  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.86   $ 14.84   $ 17.27   $ 19.43   $ 22.53   $ 17.24  
    Yearly $26,760   $30,870   $35,920   $40,410   $46,870   $35,850  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 1,470 1,658 1.2% 71
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Food manufacturing 32.0%
    Administrative and support services 20.5%
    Chemical manufacturing 13.6%
    Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing 6.2%
    Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods 5.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


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