Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

Description

Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature. Includes workers who collect and keep record of samples of products or materials.

Tasks

  • Collect or prepare measurement, weight, or identification labels; and attach them to products.
  • Document quantity, quality, type, weight, test result data, and value of materials or products, in order to maintain shipping, receiving, and production records and files.
  • Compare product labels, tags, or tickets, shipping manifests, purchase orders, and bills of lading to verify accuracy of shipment contents, quality specifications, and/or weights.
  • Count or estimate quantities of materials, parts, or products received or shipped.
  • Weigh or measure materials, equipment, or products to maintain relevant records, using volume meters, scales, rules, and/or calipers.
  • Communicate with customers and vendors to exchange information regarding products, materials, and services.
  • Compute product totals and charges for shipments.
  • Collect product samples and prepare them for laboratory analysis or testing.
  • Unload or unpack incoming shipments.
  • Operate scalehouse computers to obtain weight information about incoming shipments such as those from waste haulers.
  • Fill orders for products and samples, following order tickets, and forward or mail items.
  • Sort products or materials into predetermined sequences or groupings for display, packing, shipping, or storage.
  • Signal or instruct other workers to weigh, move, or check products.
  • Maintain financial records, such as accounts of daily collections and billings, and records of receipts issued.
  • Store samples of finished products in labeled cartons and record their location.
  • Remove from stock products or loads not meeting quality standards, and notify supervisors or appropriate departments of discrepancies or shortages.
  • Maintain, monitor, and clean work areas, such as recycling collection sites, drop boxes, counters and windows, and areas around scale houses.
  • Inspect incoming loads of waste to identify contents and to screen for the presence of specific regulated or hazardous wastes.
  • Examine products or materials, parts, subassemblies, and packaging for damage, defects, or shortages, using specification sheets, gauges, and standards charts.
  • Transport materials, products, or samples to processing, shipping, or storage areas, manually or using conveyors, pumps, or hand trucks.
  • Prepare measurement tables and conversion charts, using standard formulas.
  • Inspect products and examination records to determine the number of defects per worker and the reasons for examiners' rejections.

Skills

Equipment Selection
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Troubleshooting
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Depth Perception
The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Response Orientation
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
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.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.

Work Activities

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

Interests

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.
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.
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.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
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.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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

Aircraft Shipping Checker
Balance Weigher
Bean Weigher
Billet Checker
Booking Prizer
Box Car Checker
Brand Recorder
Broadcast Checker
Bullion Weigher
Cane Weigher
Cargo Checker
Case Checker
Charge Weigher
Check Weigher
Checker
Cheese Weigher
Chemical Weigher
City Weighmaster
Clerical Car Checker
Coal Weigher
Cotton Acreage Measurer
Cotton Sampler
Counter
Counter Weigher
Cycle Counter
Dump Grounds Checker
Field Cane Scale Clerk
Field Cane Scaler
Field Checker
Field Recorder
Fish Checker
Freight Checker
Freight Tallier
Freight Weigher
Gin Clerk
Gravel Weigher
Grey Stock Recorder
Ham Clerk
Harvest Field Ticketer
Hogshead Weigher
Industrial Order Clerk
Ingot Weigher
Inventory Checker
Inventory Specialist
Juice Scaleman
Juice Weigher
Lab Technician
Land Checker
Linen Checker
Load Checker
Loaf Counter
Lorry Weigher
Lumber Checker
Lumber Scaler
Lumber Tallier
Material Checker
Material Control Manager
Measuring Clerk
Metal Weigher
Milk Receiver
Milk Sampler
Mold Checker
Order Checker
Paper Sample Clerk
Petroleum Inspector
Produce Weigher
Public Weigher
Quality Assurance Lab Technician
Quality Control Clerk
Quality Control Lab Technician
Quality Control Operator
Quality Control Technician
Quality Controller
Railroad Car Checker
Raw Scales Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$13.42 hourly, $27,920 annual.
Employment (2008):
69,870 employees