Machine Feeders and Offbearers

Description

Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

Tasks

  • 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 in order 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.
  • Transfer materials and products to and from machinery and equipment, using industrial trucks or hand trucks.
  • Open and close gates of belt and pneumatic conveyors on machines that are fed directly from preceding machines.
  • Shovel or scoop materials into containers, machines, or equipment for processing, storage, or transport.

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Skills

Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

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.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

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.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
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.
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.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

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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
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

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$13.04 hourly, $27,120 annual.
Employment (2008):
105,790 employees