Packer

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Packers simply pack various materials and products by hand in many different industries and settings. A packer, or packager as they are often called, is usually a part of a manufacturing operation or material moving company. Future Growth Static

Packers work on production lines, putting manufactured goods and products into containers like boxes, trays, bags and crates. Some packers work by hand at a conveyor belt, while others operate packing machines and load the raw materials, packaging and labels. Some jobs, such as packing medicines, are done in sterile conditions. Meat packing would take place in a chilled environment.

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Knowledge, skills and attributes

To be a packer you should have:  Box of packaging

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent hand-eye coordination skills

  • No formal education or training is needed

  • On-the-job training is often provided by the employer

  • The ability to stand/lift/etc. for long periods of time

  • the ability to carry out repetitive tasks quickly and carefully

  • good practical skills

  • the ability to follow instructions

  • a reasonable level of fitness

  • clear handwriting for labelling

  • an awareness of safety issues

Duties and tasks

  • Examine and inspect products, materials, and containers to ensure they are packed correctly

  • Gather, move, and sort products and materials

  • Mark and label containers and products

  • Measure, weight, and count different materials and products

  • Record packing, order, and product information for shipment

  • Seal containers or materials using different types of adhesives

  • packing goods with protective materials, such as bubble wrap and polystyrene chips

  • sealing containers using glue, staples or shrink-wrap

  • weighing and labelling packaged goods ready for dispatch

  • cleaning work areas

  • reporting any problems during the shift to supervisors.

 

Working conditions

Packers (packagers) are employed at material moving organisations. Packers may work indoors or outside, often regardless of weather. Packers usually work eight-hour shifts, though they can be longer, and their work is often psychically demanding and very repetitive.

In the case of heavy goods, such as washing machines or vehicle parts, you would use loading and lifting gear. You might also operate a forklift truck to move goods to storage areas.

You would follow health and safety regulations at all times, particularly when working with hazardous materials.

 

Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a Packer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

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