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Working As An Assembler/Packer

  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $21,010

    Average Salary

What Does An Assembler/Packer Do

Hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials. Others feed or remove material to or from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods, and pack materials for moving.

Duties

Hand laborers and material movers typically do the following:

  • Manually move material from one place to another
  • Pack or wrap products by hand
  • Keep a record of the material they move
  • Signal machine operators who help move material
  • Clean cars, equipment, and workplaces

In warehouses and wholesale and retail operations, hand laborers and material movers work closely with material moving machine operators and material recording clerks. Some workers are employed in manufacturing industries, where they load material onto conveyor belts or other machines.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment wash automobiles and other vehicles, as well as storage tanks, pipelines, and related machinery. They use cleaning products, vacuums, hoses, and brushes. Most of these workers clean cars at a car wash, an automobile dealership, or a rental agency. Some clean industrial equipment at manufacturing firms. Some—for example, those who work at a car wash—interact with customers.

Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Although their specific duties may vary, most of these movers, often called pickers, work in warehouses. Some workers retrieve products from storage and move them to loading areas. Other workers load and unload cargo from a truck. When moving a package, pickers keep track of the package number, sometimes with a hand-held scanner, to ensure proper delivery. Sometimes they open containers and sort the material.

Hand packers and packagers package a variety of materials by hand. They may label cartons, inspect items for defects, and keep records of items packed. Some of these workers pack materials for shipment and move them to a loading dock. Many hand packers are employed by grocery stores, where they bag groceries for customers at checkout.

Machine feeders and offbearers process materials by feeding them into equipment or by removing them from equipment. The equipment is generally operated by other workers, such as material moving machine operators. Machine feeders and offbearers help the operator if the machine becomes jammed or needs minor repairs. Machine feeders track the amount of material they process during a shift.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables from homes and businesses to transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Many collectors lift garbage cans by hand and empty them into their truck. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route. When collecting materials from a dumpster, drivers use a hydraulic lift to empty the contents of the dumpster into their truck.

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How To Become An Assembler/Packer

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.

Education

There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.

Training

Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Average Length of Employment
Assembler 2.1 years
Selector Packer 2.1 years
Assembler/Packer 2.0 years
Handle Assembler 2.0 years
Inspector Packer 1.7 years
Box Packer 1.7 years
Assembler/Packager 1.6 years
Order Packer 1.6 years
Line Assembler 1.6 years
Hand Packer 1.5 years
Line Up Worker 1.4 years
Packer/Loader 1.4 years
Case Packer 1.4 years
Warehouse Packer 1.4 years
Candy Packer 1.2 years
Food Packer 1.2 years
Packer 1.2 years
Packer/Shipper 1.1 years
Picker And Packer 1.1 years
Sorter/Packer 1.0 years
Packing Associate 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 17.6%
Assembler 8.1%
Packer 5.1%
Cook 2.6%
Top Employers After
Cashier 9.4%
Assembler 9.0%
Packer 6.9%
Cleaner 2.6%
Janitor 2.4%

Assembler/Packer Demographics

Gender

Female

61.0%

Male

36.6%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

77.8%

French

4.4%

Portuguese

2.2%

Khmer

2.2%

Chinese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Hmong

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Lingala

2.2%
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Assembler/Packer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.2%

Vance-Granville Community College

7.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.3%

Ashford University

6.3%

Gateway Technical College

6.3%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.4%

Greenville Technical College

5.4%

Everest Institute

4.5%

York Technical College

4.5%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

4.5%

The Academy

4.5%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.5%

Tri-County Technical College

3.6%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.6%

Piedmont Technical College

3.6%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.6%

Southern Crescent Technical College

2.7%

Wayne County Community College District

2.7%

Hinds Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

General Studies

10.1%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Medical Assisting Services

6.8%

Nursing

5.8%

Nursing Assistants

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Education

4.1%

Accounting

3.9%

Cosmetology

3.7%

Automotive Technology

3.3%

Psychology

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Communication

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Human Services

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

51.4%

Associate

17.2%

Bachelors

12.0%

Certificate

11.8%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

1.5%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Top Skills for An Assembler/Packer

DefectiveProductsPartNumbersAssemblyLinePackageProductsSafetyProceduresHandToolsPalletJackSortProductQualityChecksResponsibilitiesiTemporaryInspectContainersAssemblyInstructionsPackageProcessingEquipmentParticularProductionProcessRawMaterialsCustomerOrdersQualityStandardsContainerTagsLabelContainers

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Top Assembler/Packer Skills

  1. Defective Products
  2. Part Numbers
  3. Assembly Line
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Remove completed or defective products and placing them on moving equipment such as conveyors.
  • Verify correct work order, lot number and correct part numbers.
  • Sorted mail - Mail order company Assembly line - Proctor and Gamble Production - American Airlines Assembly line - Purdue Chicken Company
  • Inspect product for defects, assemble products and, package products Skills Used Standing for 12 hr shift Fast Pace environment
  • Perform all work in accordance with quality standards and established safety procedures.

Top Assembler/Packer Employers

Assembler/Packer Videos

A Day in the Life of an Amazon Package

Weatherford animation

The picking and packing process | RS Components

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