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Machine Feeders and Offbearers

Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inspect materials and products for defects, and to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Record production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
    • Push dual control buttons and move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment.
    • Weigh or measure materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Identify and mark materials, products, and samples, following instructions.
    • Clean and maintain machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
    • Remove materials and products from machines and equipment, and place them in boxes, trucks or conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
    • Load materials and products into machines and equipment, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
    • Transfer materials and products to and from machinery and equipment, using industrial trucks or hand trucks.
    • Shovel or scoop materials into containers, machines, or equipment for processing, storage, or transport.
    • Open and close gates of belt and pneumatic conveyors on machines that are fed directly from preceding machines.
    • Fasten, package, or stack materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
    • Add chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.


    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • 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.


    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,320
    • Yearly Projected Openings 310

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Independence
    • Integrity


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    • Belt conveyors
    • Batching plants or feeders
    • Air conveyors


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