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Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders - 51-9111.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate or tend machines to prepare industrial or consumer products for storage or shipment. Includes cannery workers who pack food products.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bundler
  • Closing Machine Operator
  • Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator)
  • Filler Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Packaging Operator
  • Packing Attendant
  • Packing Machine Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9110 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
51-9111.00 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Adjust machine components and machine tension and pressure according to size or processing angle of product.
  • Attach identification labels to finished packaged items, or cut stencils and stencil information on containers, such as lot numbers or shipping destinations.
  • Clean and remove damaged or otherwise inferior materials to prepare raw products for processing.
  • Clean packaging containers, line and pad crates, or assemble cartons to prepare for product packing.
  • Clean, oil, and make minor adjustments or repairs to machinery and equipment, such as opening valves or setting guides.
  • Count and record finished and rejected packaged items.
  • Inspect and remove defective products and packaging material.
  • Monitor the production line, watching for problems such as pile-ups, jams, or glue that isn't sticking properly.
  • Observe machine operations to ensure quality and conformity of filled or packaged products to standards.
  • Package the product in the form in which it will be sent out, for example, filling bags with flour from a chute or spout.
  • Regulate machine flow, speed, or temperature.
  • Remove finished packaged items from machine and separate rejected items.
  • Secure finished packaged items by hand tying, sewing, gluing, stapling, or attaching fastener.
  • Sort, grade, weigh, and inspect products, verifying and adjusting product weight or measurement to meet specifications.
  • Stack finished packaged items, or wrap protective material around each item, and pack the items in cartons or containers.
  • Start machine by engaging controls.
  • Stock and sort product for packaging or filling machine operation, and replenish packaging supplies, such as wrapping paper, plastic sheet, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
  • Stop or reset machines when malfunctions occur, clear machine jams, and report malfunctions to a supervisor.
  • Supply materials to spindles, conveyors, hoppers, or other feeding devices and unload packaged product.
  • Tend or operate machine that packages product.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Clean materials to prepare them for production.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clear equipment jams.
  • Count finished products or workpieces.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Package products for storage or shipment.
  • Prepare materials for processing.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Automated Logistical Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Distribution Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Storekeeper (Coast Guard - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Ampoule Filler
  • Auto Roller
  • Baler
  • Baling-Machine Tender
  • Bander-and-Cellophaner, Machine
  • Barrel Filler II
  • Base-Filler Operator
  • Bb Shot Packer
  • Bottle Packer
  • Bunch Maker, Machine
  • Bundle Tier and Labeler
  • Can-Filling-and-Closing-Machine Tender
  • Candle Wrapping-Machine Operator
  • Capsule-Filling-Machine Operator
  • Carder
  • Carton-Packaging-Machine Operator
  • Case Packer and Sealer
  • Case-Loader Operator
  • Casing-Running-Machine Tender
  • Cigar Brander
  • Cigar-Wrapper Tender, Automatic
  • Cigarette-Packing-Machine Operator
  • Cotton Baler
  • Cotton-Roll Packer
  • Cubing-Machine Tender
  • Cylinder Filler
  • Feed Weigher
  • Filling Machine Tender
  • Filling-and-Stapling-Machine Operator
  • Filling-Machine Operator
  • Foam Charger
  • Foam Dispenser
  • Fruit-Grader Operator
  • Gelatin-Dynamite-Packing Operator
  • Ham-Rolling-Machine Operator
  • Hydraulic-Press Operator
  • Icicle-Machine Operator
  • Labeling-Machine Operator
  • Level-Glass-Vial Filler
  • Linking-Machine Operator
  • Loading-Machine Operator
  • Loading-Unit Operator
  • Molder, Meat
  • Package Sealer, Machine
  • Packager, Machine
  • Packer Operator, Automatic
  • Packer, Insulation
  • Packing-Machine-Pilot Can Router
  • Plug-Overwrap-Machine Tender
  • Preservative Filler, Machine
  • Punchboard-Filling-Machine Operator
  • Quilt Stuffer, Machine
  • Rack-Room Worker
  • Rim-Fire-Priming Operator
  • Roll Finisher
  • Sand-Slinger Operator
  • Scrap Baller
  • Seal-Extrusion Operator
  • Snuff-Packing-Machine Operator
  • Strapping-Machine Operator
  • Stuffer
  • Stuffing-Machine Operator
  • Tape-Fastener-Machine Operator
  • Tobacco-Packing-Machine Operator
  • Tracer-Bullet-Charging-Machine Operator
  • Tray-Casting-Machine Operator
  • Tying-Machine Operator
  • Tying-Machine Operator, Lumber
  • Wrapper Layer
  • Wrapper-Layer-and-Examiner, Soft Work
  • Yeast-Cutting-and-Wrapping-Machine Operator