Machine Feeders and Offbearers

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Machine Feeders and Offbearers

Machine Feeders and Offbearers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, production helpers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social interaction. They work alone most of the time.
  • Communicate primarily by face-to-face discussions.
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other helpers and assistants.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Usually work indoors, but sometimes work outdoors on loading docks.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • Are often exposed to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Are regularly exposed to hazardous situations that may produce cuts or minor burns.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • May be exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures while working outdoors.
  • May work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in damaged products.
  • Must let the work pace be set by the speed of machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work 40 hours per week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.