Filling Machine Operators

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Filling Machine Operators

Filling Machine Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, packaging and filling machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They usually work with others.
  • Are responsible for coworkers' health and safety.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and results of other workers. They monitor production, and inspect products to determine if they meet standards.
  • Communicate with coworkers daily in person.
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  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors. They may work in warehouses without heat or air conditioning.
  • Are exposed to hazardous equipment daily.
  • Are exposed to contaminants on a daily basis. Packaging and filling machine operators can reduce the risk by following safety procedures.
  • Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable on a daily basis.
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  • Always wear protective or safety attire.
  • Are frequently exposed to hazardous conditions, such as high voltage electricity.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Work near coworkers. They may share work space, but usually have a few feet of space separating them from others.
  • Occasionally must get into awkward positions to reach cramped work spaces.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could seriously endanger coworkers.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the equipment or machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities, such as stacking finished packaged items.
  • Make decisions on a weekly basis that strongly impact coworkers. They consult supervisors for some decisions, but make most without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Are able to set some tasks for the day without consulting with a supervisor.
  • Are often required to meet strict deadlines. They usually keep records of the number of items they package each day.


  • Generally work a standard 40-hour week.
  • May work eight- or ten-hour shifts.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.