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Hand Packer/Packager

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What They Do

Packers and Packagers, Hand Career Video

Packs or packages by hand a wide variety of products and materials.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Examines and inspects containers, materials, or products to ensure that product quality and packing specifications are met.
  • Measures, weighs, and counts products and materials.
  • Records product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.
  • Seals containers or materials, using glues, fasteners, nails, and hand tools.
  • Assembles, lines, and pads cartons, crates, and containers, using hand tools.
  • Obtains, moves, and sorts products, materials, containers, and orders, using hand tools.
  • Marks and labels containers, container tags, or products, using marking tools.
  • Cleans containers, materials, supplies, or work areas, using cleaning solutions and hand tools.
  • Removes completed or defective products or materials, placing them on moving equipment, such as conveyors, or in specified areas, such as loading docks.
  • Places or pours products or materials into containers, using hand tools and equipment, or fill containers from spouts or chutes.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bagger
  • Mini Shifter
  • Pack Out Operator
  • Packager
  • Packer
  • Picker and Packer
  • Sacker
  • Selector Packer
  • Crater
  • Packaging Specialist


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