Automatic Packer Operator

Tend packing machines and presses that fill the containers with tobaccos.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Automatic Packer Operators do?

Tends packing machine and press that fill containers with tobacco: Positions empty container under charger and pushes button to lower charger onto container. Starts flow of tobacco into container and observes signal lights to determine stage of filling-packing. Reads scales to determine when specified weight is attained. Pushes buttons to lower hydraulic ram into container to press tobacco and to divert flow of tobacco to another container. Raises ram and charger and removes container. May record grade and district on ticket and staple ticket onto container. [Workers who tend machines that only ram-pack hogsheads are classified as HYDRAULIC-PRESS OPERATOR].


Should I be an Automatic Packer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Blister Pack Operator, Container-Packer Operator, Packer Operator, Automatic, Pack Operator

    How to Become an
    Automatic Packer Operator

    Most Automatic Packer Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9afaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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