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Packaging & Filling Machine Operators & Tenders

Also called: Bundler, Closing Machine Operator, Machine Operator, Packaging Operator

What they do:
Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Label making software
  • Label printing software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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