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Machine Feeders and Offbearers

Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.   (O'Net 53-7063.00)

Reported job titles:   Abrasive Grader Helper, Acid Dumper, Archery Equipment Hay Sorter, Asbestos Shingle Shearing Machine Operator, Assembler, Assembly Machine Operator, Assistant Floor Covering Printer, Automatic Glove Former, Automatic Glove Turner and Former, Automatic Nail Polish Brush Machine Feeder, Automatic Nailing Machine Feeder, Automatic Spooler Operator, Automatic Stacker, Back Tender, Bag Sewer, Bakery Worker, Baler, Ball Machine Operator, Bar Catcher, Barking Machine Feeder, Base Remover, Batch Mixer, Batch Trucker, Battery Loader, Battery Wrecker Operator, Bead Picker, Beam Racker, Beater and Pulper Feeder, Belt Knife Feeder, Belt Line Feeder, Belt Sander, Stone, Beveling and Edging Machine Operator Helper, Beveling Machine Operator, Bindery Machine Feeder-Offbearer, Bisque Placer, Black Powder Glazing Operator, Blender Operator, Block Breaker Operator, Block Feeder, Block Handler, Board Catcher, Bobbin Cleaning Machine Operator, Bone Char Operator, Boom Man, Boom Worker, Box Stacker, Brake Lining Curer, Break Off Worker, Brick Catcher, Brick Loader, Brick Off Bearer, Brick Offbearer, Broomcorn Press Feeder, Broomcorn Scraper, Broomcorn Seeder, Brush or Broom Cutter, Bulb Filler, Bundle Sorter, Bundles Hanger, Burr Grinder, Cake Knocker, Cake Puller, Cake Puncher, Calcine Furnace Loader, Calender Feeder, Can Carrier, Can Doffer, Can Dragger, Can Feeder, Can Pusher, Can Worker, Cane Feeder, Carbon Rod Inserter, Carroting Machine Offbearer, Carry in Worker, Carton Counter Feeder, Casing Cleaner, Casing in Line Feeder, Casing Machine Operator, Catcher, Cell Stripper, Chain Offbearer, Chain Person, Chainman, Chicle Grinder Feeder, Chip Crusher Operator, Chip Drier, Chip Washer, Chipman, Chipper Feeder, Chopper Feeder, Chute Feeder, Cigar Machine Feeder, Cigarette Making Machine Hopper Feeder, Cleat Feeder, Cleat Layer, Clip Loading Machine Feeder, Cloth Doffer, Cloth Feeder, Cloth Printer Helper, Cloth Printing Utility Worker, Clothespin Machine Operator, Coal Feeder Operator, Coating Machine Feeder, Color Dipper, Compound Coating Machine Offbearer, Compound Filler, Compound Worker, Conveyor Feeder, Conveyor Feeder Offbearer, Conveyor Loader, Cork Pressing Machine Operator, Cotton Ball Bagger, Cotton Cleaner, Cotton Feeder, Cotton Puller, Cotton Tipper, Cotton Washer, Cotton Wringer, Crayon Sorting Machine Feeder, Crimper, Crossfeeder Operator, Crusher Feeder, Crushing Machine Operator, Cupola Charger, Cupola Charger, Insulation, Curing Press Operator, Cut in Station Operator, Cut in Worker, Cutter, Cutting Machine Offbearer, Cylinder Press Feeder, Dairy Worker, Dairyman, Deckhand, Delivery Table Feeder, Design Assembler, Dessert Cup Machine Feeder, Destaticizer Feeder, Devulcanizer Charger, Digester Hand, Digester Operator Helper, Dip Stand Loader, Disc-Pad Grinding Machine Feeder, Disintegrator Feeder, Doffer, Drier, Drier Attendant, Drier Feeder, Drier Operator, Drier Operator V, Drier Take Off Tender, Dry Chain Operator, Dry Chain Puller, Dry Chain Worker, Dry Kiln Feeder, Dry Kiln Loader, Dryer Feeder, Drying Oven Attendant, Drying Rack Changer, Dumper, Dust Mill Operator, Dye-House Worker, Dye-Stand Loader, Dyed Raw Stock Blower Feeder, Dynamite Packing Machine Feeder, Edge Banding Machine Offbearer, Edge Banding Off Bearer, Edge Runner, Edger Machine Helper, Edging Machine Feeder, End-Touching Machine Operator, Enrobing Machine Feeder, Extract Puller, Extractor Loader and Unloader, Extractor Operator Helper, Feather Curling Machine Operator, Feather Cutting Machine Feeder, Feather Drying Machine Operator, Feed in Worker, Feeder, Feeder Catcher, Feeder/Folder, Felt Hanger, Felt Tipping Machine Tender, Filler Feeder, Finishing Machine Operator, First Breaker Feeder, Fish Boning Machine Feeder, Fish Dressing Machine Feeder, Fish Machine Feeder, Fish Skinning Machine Feeder, Fish Straightener, Flatwork Finisher, Floor Covering Printer Assistant, Flumer, Fly Worker, Folding Machine Feeder, Folding Machine Operator, Frame Feeder, Fringing Machine Operator, Fuel House Attendant, Furnace Helper, Fusing Furnace Loader, Fusing Machine Feeder, Gang Tailer, Gathering Machine Feeder, General Helper, General Laborer, Glass Cutting Machine Feeder, Glass Vial Bending Conveyor Feeder, Glost Placer, Gluing Machine Feeder, Gluing Machine Offbearer, Green Chain Off Bearer, Green Chain Operator, Green Chain Puller, Green Chain Worker, Green Chainer, Groover, Guider, Hacker, Hair Spinner, Hair Spinning Machine Operator, Hat and Cap Opener, Hat Forming Machine Feeder, Hay Sorter, Head Doffer, Head Machine Feeder, Heat Curer, Heat Treater, Hemp Fiber Taker-Off, Hog Feeder, Hog Man, Hog Worker, Hoop Coiler, Hopper Feeder, Hopper Filler, Horser Up, Hose Tubing Backer, Hot Plate Plywood Press Laborer, Injection Molding Machine Offbearer, Jogger, Kiln Loader, Kiln Placer, Kiln Remover, Knocker, Laborer, Laminated Plastic Tabletop Molding Wrapper, Laminating Machine Feeder, Lath Puller, Layer, Line Feeder, Line Trucker, Loader, Loading Machine Operator, Log Feeder, Lowerator Operator, Lug Loader, Lumber Chain Offbearer, Lumber Stacker, Lumber Tailer, Machine Applicator Cementer, Machine Clipper, Machine Egg Washer, Machine Feed Operator, Machine Feeder, Machine Feeder Floorperson, Machine Grainer, Machine Helper, Machine Hose Cutter, Machine Long Goods Helper, Machine Operator, Machine Plug Shaper, Machine Steak Tenderizer, Machine Striper, Machine Tailer, Machine Worker, Magazine Feeder, Magazine Filler, Magazine Grinder Loader, Magazine Hand, Mangle Press Catcher, Masking Machine Feeder, Mat Packer, Matcher Offbearer, Material Distributor, Material Handler, Mending Carrier, Mica Laminating Machine Feeder, Mill Operator Helper, Mirror Machine Feeder, Mixing Machine Feeder, Molder Helper, Molding Machine Operator Helper, Mottler Machine Feeder, Mounter, Multiple Drum Sander Helper, Nail Feeder, Nail Polish Brush Machine Feeder, Nailing Machine Feeder, Necker, Needle Punch Machine Operator Helper, Nut Chopper, Odd Bundle Worker, Offbearer, Opener, Order Processor, Outsole Flexer, Package Crimper, Packing Floor Worker, Packing Machine Can Feeder, Pad Machine Feeder, Pad Machine Offbearer, Paint Pourer, Paper Bag Press Operator, Paper Cone Drying Machine Operator, Pasting Machine Offbearer, Pen or Pencil Assembly Machine Operator, Perfect Binder Feeder Offbearer, Pie Bakery Laborer, Pig Iron Loader, Pillowcase Turner, Pin Maker, Pipe Smoking Machine Offbearer, Pitch Worker, Placer, Planer Feeder, Planer Off Bearer, Planer Tailer, Planning Feeder, Plastic Design Applier, Plate Take Out Worker, Plating Machine Operator, Plywood Layup Line Back Feeder, Plywood Layup Line Core Layer, Pole-Peeling Machine Operator Helper, Polishing Machine Operator Helper, Poly Packer and Heat Sealer, Pond Worker, Pony Rougher, Preparation Room Worker, Press Assistant and Feeder, Press Breaker, Press Bucker, Press Catcher, Press Feeder, Press Machine Feeder, Press Offbearer, Print Line Feeder, Print Line Tailer, Printed Circuit Board Panels Deburrer, Printer Slotter Feeder, Printer Slotter Helper, Printing Gray-Cloth Tender, Printing Grey Cloth Tender, Production Helper, Pulp Grinder Feeder, Pulverizer Feeder, Quill Cleaner, Quill Collector, Quill Skinner, Quill Stripper, Quill Worker, Rack Loader, Racker, Rag Cutting Machine Feeder, Raised Printer, Raw Stock Machine Feeder, Raw Stock Machine Loader, Reed Press Feeder, Reflector Driller and Deburrer, Resaw Tailer, Retort Unloader, Rip Tailer, Rockman, Rodman, Roll Tender, Rotary Cutter Feeder, Rotary Drier Feeder, Rubber Roller Grinder, Ruling Machine Feeder, Saw Feeder, Saw Tailer, Sawmill Worker, Sawyer, Scorer Helper, Scrap Sorter, Screen Printing Loader-Unloader, Screen-Printing Machine Loader-Unloader, Sequins Spooler, Service Worker, Sewer Pipe Offbearer, Sewing Line Baler, Shake Loader, Sheet Catcher, Sheet Tailer, Shellfish Processing Laborer, Shingle Catcher, Shingle Shearing Machine Operator, Shredded Filler Hopper Feeder, Shuttle Hand, Skinning Machine Feeder, Slab Puller, Slab Stripper, Slab Worker, Slabber, Slicing Machine Tender, Slip Feeder, Slitter-Creaser-Slotter Helper, Soap Chipper, Sock Boarder, Spike Machine Feeder, Spike Machine Heater, Spinning Doffer, Splitting Machine Feeder, Spooler Operator, Spray Machine Loader, Spray Unit Feeder, Stave Planer Tender, Steam Tunnel Feeder, Stem Sizer, Sticker, Sticker Hand, Sticker Machine Operator, Sticker Operator, Stickman, Stitching Machine Feeder or Offbearer, Stone Driller Helper, Stoneworking Belt Sander, Stoneworking Sander, Strander, Stranner, Strip Catcher, Stripper, Suppository Molding Machine Operator, Sweatband Cutting Machine Operator, Sweatband Flanger, Swing Tender, Switch Maker, Tabber, Table Worker, Tableman, Tag Stringer, Tagger, Tail Dogger, Tail Worker, Tailer, Tailer Off, Take Away Man, Take Away Worker, Take-Off Man, Take-Off Worker, Taker, Taker Off, Tamale Machine Feeder, Temple Marker, Tester-Operator Helper, Thermograph Operator, Third Dry-Cell Assembling Machine Tender, Thread Pulling Machine Attendant, Threading Machine Feeder Automatic, Tobacco Cloth Reclaimer, Tobacco Feeder-Catcher, Tobacco Hanger, Toggle Press Folder and Feeder, Top Dyeing Machine Loader, Tray Filler, Trimmer Helper, Tripper, Tube Handler, Tube Puller, Turn Down Attendant, Turn Down Man, Turn Down Worker, Twisting Machine Operator, Unscrambler, Utility Worker, Vat House Laborer, Veneer Drier Feeder, Veneer Jointer Offbearer, Veneer Stock Layer, Veneer Taping Machine Offbearer, Ware Server, Warehouse Worker, Warp Coiler, Warp Hauler, Warp Placer, Warp Worker, Warpman, Washing Machine Loader and Puller, Waste and Batting Waste Chopper, Waste Chopper, Waste Machine Offbearer, Waste Paper Hammermill Operator, Wave Solder Offbearer, Web Press Jogger, Weight Checker, Wet Cotton Feeder, Wet Machine Cutter, Wire Charger, Wire Threader, Wood Handler, Wood Scrap Handler, Woodworking Machine Feeder, Woodworking Machine Offbearer, Wool Washer Feeder
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     Location Pay
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     Vermont Hourly $ 11.85   $ 12.69   $ 14.02   $ 16.05   $ 18.29   $ 14.40  
    Yearly $24,650   $26,380   $29,150   $33,380   $38,030   $29,940  
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    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

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  • Inspect materials and products for defects, and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Remove materials and products from machines and equipment, and place them in boxes, trucks or conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Push dual control buttons and move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment.
  • Identify and mark materials, products, and samples, following instructions.
  • Load materials and products into machines and equipment, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Clean and maintain machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
  • Weigh or measure materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Fasten, package, or stack materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
  • Record production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
  • Add chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2007

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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2007

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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2010

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • 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.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2007

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  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2007

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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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2008

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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.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2007

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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers  updated June 2007

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    source: Occupational Information Network: Machine Feeders and Offbearers 

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