Packaging Technician

Lay out, fabricate, assemble, and test samples of corrugated paperboards.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Packaging Technicians do?

Lays out, fabricates, assembles, and tests samples of corrugated paperboard and plastic containers: Sketches design details or makes scale drawings of containers used for shipping, protecting, or displaying items, indicating construction dimensions, using drawing instruments and shipping requirements. Lays out dimensions of container on paperboard, cuts along specified lines with knife or saw and assembles sample container, using adhesive or staples. Lays out dimensions of production templates for cartons and cuts out templates, using power tools. Cuts out specified plastic parts, using handtools and power tools. Tests ability of container to withstand shipping requirements, using strain, strength, and stress test equipment. Records results of tests.

Should I be a Packaging Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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    How to become a Packaging Technician

    Packaging Technicians generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Packaging Technician-related education!
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