Occupation Profile for Machine Feeders and Offbearers

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

 
 

Significant Points

  • Despite little or no change in employment, job openings should be plentiful because these occupations are very large and numerous openings will be created to replace workers who leave them.
  • Most jobs require little work experience or training.
  • Pay is low, and the seasonal nature of the work may reduce earnings.

 

 
 
Overview
$22,640.00 Median Annual Wage 3,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
6.7 Average Unemployment Percentage 72.6 Percentage That Completed High School
148,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 23.9 Percentage That Had Some College
125,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 0.0 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Abrasive Grader Helper
Acid Dumper
Asbestos Shingle Shearing Machine Operator
Assembler
Assembly Machine Operator
Assembly Machine Operator, Pen or Pencil
Assistant, Printer, Floor Covering
Automatic Nailing Machine Feeder
Automatic Stacker
Back Feeder, Plywood Layup Line
Back Tender
Bag Sewer
Bakery Worker
Baler
Ball Machine Operator
Bar Catcher
Barking Machine Feeder
Base Remover
Batch Mixer
Batch Trucker
Battery Loader
Battery Wrecker Operator
Bead Picker
Beam Racker
Beater and Pulper Feeder
Belt Knife Feeder
Belt Line Feeder
Belt Sander, Stone
Belt Sander, Stoneworking
Beveling and Edging Machine Operator Helper
Beveling Machine Operator
Bindery Machine Feeder-Offbearer
Bisque Placer
Blender Operator
Block Breaker Operator
Block Feeder
Block Handler
Blower Feeder, Dyed Raw Stock
Board Catcher
Bobbin Cleaning Machine Operator
Bone Char Operator
Boom Man
Boom Worker
Box Stacker
Brake Lining Curer
Break Off Worker
Brick Catcher
Brick Loader
Brick Off Bearer
Broomcorn Scraper
Broomcorn Seeder
Bulb Filler
Bundle Sorter
Bundles Hanger
Burr Grinder
Cake Knocker
Cake Puller
Cake Puncher
Calcine Furnace Loader
Calender Feeder
Can Boy
Can Carrier
Can Doffer
Can Dragger
Can Feeder
Can Pusher
Can Worker
Cane Feeder
Carbon Rod Inserter
Carroting Machine Offbearer
Carry in Worker
Carton Counter Feeder
Casing Cleaner
Casing in Line Feeder
Casing Machine Operator
Catcher
Cell Stripper
Cementer, Machine Applicator
Chain Offbearer
Chain Person
Chainman
Chicle Grinder Feeder
Chip Crusher Operator
Chip Drier
Chip Washer
Chipman
Chipper Feeder
Chopper Feeder
Chute Feeder
Cigar Machine Feeder
Cigarette Making Machine Hopper Feeder
Cleat Feeder
Cleat Layer
Clip Loading Machine Feeder
Clipper, Machine
Cloth Doffer
Cloth Feeder
Cloth Printer Helper
Cloth Printing Utility Worker
Clothespin Machine Operator
Coal Feeder Operator
Coating Machine Feeder
Color Dipper
Compound Coating Machine Offbearer
Compound Filler
Compound Worker
Conveyor Feeder
Conveyor Feeder Offbearer
Conveyor Loader
Conveyor Loader Ii
Core Layer, Plywood Layup Line
Cork Pressing Machine Operator
Cotton Ball Bagger
Cotton Cleaner
Cotton Feeder
Cotton Puller
Cotton Tipper
Cotton Washer
Cotton Wringer
Crayon Sorting Machine Feeder
Crimper
Crossfeeder Operator
Crusher Feeder
Crushing Machine Operator
Cupola Charger
Cupola Charger, Insulation
Curing Press Operator
Cut in Station Operator
Cut in Worker
Cutter
Cutter Ii
Cutter, Brush or Broom
Cutter, Wet Machine
Cutting Machine Offbearer
Cylinder Press Feeder
Dairy Worker
Dairyman
Deburrer, Printed Circuit Board Panels
Deckhand
Delivery Table Feeder
Design Assembler
Dessert Cup Machine Feeder
Destaticizer Feeder
Devulcanizer Charger
Digester Hand
Digester Operator Helper
Dip Stand Loader
Disc-Pad Grinding Machine Feeder
Disintegrator Feeder
Doffer
Drier
Drier Attendant
Drier Feeder
Drier Operator
Drier Operator V
Drier Take Off Tender
Driller and Deburrer, Reflector
Dry Chain Operator
Dry Chain Puller
Dry Chain Worker
Dry Kiln Feeder
Dry Kiln Loader
Dryer Feeder
Drying Oven Attendant
Drying Rack Changer
Dumper
Dust Mill Operator
Dye-House Worker
Dye-Stand Loader
Dynamite Packing Machine Feeder
Edge Banding Machine Offbearer
Edge Banding Off Bearer
Edge Runner
Edger Machine Helper
Edging Machine Feeder
Egg Washer, Machine
End-Touching Machine Operator
Enrobing Machine Feeder
Extract Puller
Extractor Loader and Unloader
Extractor Operator Helper
Feather Curling Machine Operator
Feather Cutting Machine Feeder
Feather Drying Machine Operator
Feed in Worker
Feeder
Feeder Catcher
Feeder-Catcher, Tobacco
Felt Hanger
Felt Tipping Machine Tender
Filler Feeder
Finishing Machine Operator
First Breaker Feeder
Fish Boning Machine Feeder
Fish Dressing Machine Feeder
Fish Machine Feeder
Fish Skinning Machine Feeder
Fish Straightener
Flatwork Finisher
Floorperson, Machine Feeder
Flumer
Fly Boy
Fly Worker
Folding Machine Feeder
Folding Machine Operator
Frame Feeder
Fringing Machine Operator
Fuel House Attendant
Furnace Helper
Fusing Furnace Loader
Fusing Machine Feeder
Gang Tailer
Gathering Machine Feeder
General Helper
Glass Cutting Machine Feeder
Glass Vial Bending Conveyor Feeder
Glazing Operator, Black Powder
Glost Placer
Glove Former, Automatic
Glove Turner and Former, Automatic
Gluing Machine Feeder
Gluing Machine Offbearer
Grainer, Machine
Gray-Cloth Tender, Printing
Green Chain Off Bearer
Green Chain Operator
Green Chain Puller
Green Chain Worker
Green Chainer
Grey Cloth Tender, Printing
Groover
Guider
Hacker
Hair Spinner
Hair Spinning Machine Operator
Hat Forming Machine Feeder
Hay Sorter
Hay Sorter, Archery Equipment
Head Doffer
Head Machine Feeder
Heat Curer
Heat Treater
Hog Feeder
Hog Man
Hog Worker
Hoop Coiler
Hopper Feeder
Hopper Filler
Horser Up
Hose Cutter, Machine
Hose Tubing Backer
Injection Molding Machine Offbearer
Jogger
Kiln Loader
Kiln Placer
Kiln Remover
Knocker
Laborer
Laborer, General
Laborer, Hot Plate Plywood Press
Laborer, Pie Bakery
Laborer, Shellfish Processing
Laborer, Vat House
Laminated Plastic Tabletop Molding Wrapper
Laminating Machine Feeder
Lath Puller
Layer
Line Feeder
Line Trucker
Loader
Loader, Magazine Grinder
Loader-Unloader, Screen Printing
Loader-Unloader, Screen-Printing Machine
Loading Machine Operator
Log Feeder
Long Goods Helper, Machine
Lowerator Operator
Lug Loader
Lumber Chain Offbearer
Lumber Stacker
Lumber Tailer
Machine Feed Operator
Machine Feeder
Machine Feeder, Raw Stock
Machine Operator
Machine Tailer
Magazine Feeder
Magazine Filler
Magazine Hand
Mangle Press Catcher
Masking Machine Feeder
Mat Packer
Matcher Offbearer
Material Distributor
Material Handler
Mending Carrier
Mica Laminating Machine Feeder
Mill Operator Helper
Mirror Machine Feeder
Mixing Machine Feeder
Molder Helper
Molding Machine Operator Helper
Mottler Machine Feeder
Mounter
Multiple Drum Sander Helper
Nail Feeder
Nail Polish Brush Machine Feeder
Nail Polish Brush Machine Feeder, Automatic
Nailing Machine Feeder
Necker
Needle Punch Machine Operator Helper
Nut Chopper
Odd Bundle Worker
Offbearer
Offbearer, Pipe Smoking Machine
Offbearer, Sewer Pipe
Opener
Opener, Hat and Cap
Order Processor
Outsole Flexer
Package Crimper
Packing Floor Worker
Packing Machine Can Feeder
Pad Machine Feeder
Pad Machine Offbearer
Paint Pourer
Paper Bag Press Operator
Paper Cone Drying Machine Operator
Pasting Machine Offbearer
Perfect Binder Feeder Offbearer
Pig Iron Loader
Pillowcase Turner
Pin Maker
Pitch Worker
Placer
Planer Feeder
Planer Off Bearer
Planer Tailer
Planning Feeder
Plastic Design Applier
Plate Take Out Worker
Plating Machine Operator
Plug Shaper, Machine
Pole-Peeling Machine Operator Helper
Polishing Machine Operator Helper
Poly Packer and Heat Sealer
Pond Worker
Pony Rougher
Preparation Room Worker
Press Assistant and Feeder
Press Breaker
Press Bucker
Press Feeder
Press Feeder, Broomcorn
Press Machine Feeder
Press Offbearer
Print Line Feeder
Print Line Tailer
Printer Slotter Feeder
Printer Slotter Helper
Printer, Floor Covering, Assistant
Production Helper
Pulp Grinder Feeder
Pulverizer Feeder
Quill Boy
Quill Cleaner
Quill Collector
Quill Skinner
Quill Stripper
Quill Worker
Rack Loader
Racker
Rag Cutting Machine Feeder
Raised Printer
Raw Stock Machine Loader
Reed Press Feeder
Resaw Tailer
Retort Unloader
Rip Tailer
Rockman
Rodman
Roll Tender
Rotary Cutter Feeder
Rotary Drier Feeder
Rubber Roller Grinder
Ruling Machine Feeder
Sander, Stoneworking
Saw Feeder
Saw Tailer
Sawmill Worker
Sawyer
Scorer Helper
Scrap Sorter
Sequins Spooler
Service Worker
Sewing Line Baler
Shake Loader
Sheet Catcher
Sheet Tailer
Shingle Catcher
Shingle Shearing Machine Operator
Shredded Filler Hopper Feeder
Shuttle Hand
Skinning Machine Feeder
Slab Puller
Slab Stripper
Slab Worker
Slabber
Slicing Machine Tender
Slip Feeder
Slitter-Creaser-Slotter Helper
Soap Chipper
Sock Boarder
Spike Machine Feeder
Spike Machine Heater
Splitting Machine Feeder
Spooler Operator
Spooler Operator, Automatic
Spooler, Sequins
Spray Machine Loader
Spray Unit Feeder
Stacker, Automatic
Stave Planer Tender
Steak Tenderizer, Machine
Steam Tunnel Feeder
Stem Sizer
Sticker
Sticker Hand
Sticker Machine Operator
Sticker Operator
Stickman
Stitching Machine Feeder or Offbearer
Stone Driller Helper
Strander
Stranner
Strip Catcher
Striper, Machine
Stripper
Suppository Molding Machine Operator
Sweatband Cutting Machine Operator
Sweatband Flanger
Swing Tender
Switch Maker
Tabber
Table Worker
Tableman
Tag Stringer
Tagger
Tail Boy
Tail Dogger
Tail Worker
Tailer
Tailer Off
Take Away Man
Take Away Worker
Take-Off Man
Take-Off Worker
Taker
Taker Off
Taker-Off, Hemp Fiber
Tamale Machine Feeder
Temple Marker
Tester-Operator Helper
Thermograph Operator
Third Dry-Cell Assembling Machine Tender
Thread Pulling Machine Attendant
Threading Machine Feeder Automatic
Tobacco Cloth Reclaimer
Tobacco Hanger
Toggle Press Folder and Feeder
Top Dyeing Machine Loader
Tray Filler
Trimmer Helper
Tripper
Tube Handler
Tube Puller
Turn Down Man
Turn Down Worker
Twisting Machine Operator
Unscrambler
Utility Worker
Utility Worker, Cloth Printing
Veneer Drier Feeder
Veneer Jointer Offbearer
Veneer Stock Layer
Veneer Taping Machine Offbearer
Ware Server
Warehouse Worker
Warp Boy
Warp Coiler
Warp Hauler
Warp Placer
Warp Worker
Warpman
Washing Machine Loader and Puller
Waste Chopper
Waste Chopper, Waste and Batting
Waste Machine Offbearer
Waste Paper Hammermill Operator
Wave Solder Offbearer
Weight Checker
Wet Cotton Feeder
Wire Charger
Wire Threader
Wood Handler
Wood Scrap Handler
Woodworking Machine Feeder
Woodworking Machine Offbearer
Wool Washer Feeder

Training
  • These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, pharmacy technicians, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
  • These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
  • Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a teller might benefit from experience working directly with the public, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be a teller with little difficulty.
  • Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Many material moving occupations require little or no formal training. Most training for these occupations is done on the job. For those jobs requiring physical exertion, employers may require that applicants pass a physical exam. Some employers also require drug testing or background checks.

Education and training. Material movers generally learn skills informally, on the job, from more experienced workers or their supervisors. Some employers prefer applicants with a high school diploma, but most simply require workers to be at least 18 years old and physically able to perform the work.

Workers who handle toxic chemicals or use industrial trucks or other dangerous equipment must receive specialized training in safety awareness and procedures. Many of the training requirements are standardized through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This training is usually provided by the employer. Employers also must certify that each operator has received the training and evaluate each operator at least once every 3 years.

For other operators, such as crane operators and those working with specialized loads, there are some training and apprenticeship programs available, such as that offered by the International Union of Operating Engineers. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

Licensure. Fifteen States and 6 cities have laws requiring crane operators to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include a written as well as a skills test to demonstrate that the licensee can operate a crane safely.

Certification and other qualifications. Some types of equipment operators can become certified by professional associations, such as the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and some employers may require operators to be certified.

Material moving equipment operators need a good sense of balance, the ability to judge distances, and eye-hand-foot coordination. For jobs that involve dealing with the public, such as grocery store courtesy clerks, workers should be pleasant and courteous. Most jobs require basic arithmetic skills and the ability to read procedural manuals, to understand orders, and other billing documents. Mechanical aptitude and training in automobile or diesel mechanics can be helpful because some operators may perform basic maintenance on their equipment. Experience operating mobile equipment—such as tractors on farms or heavy equipment in the Armed Forces—is an asset. As material moving equipment becomes more advanced, workers will need to be increasingly comfortable with technology.

Advancement. In many of these occupations, experience may allow workers to qualify or become trainees for jobs such as construction trades workers; assemblers or other production workers; motor vehicle operators; or vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers. In many workplaces new employees gain experience in a material moving position before being promoted to a better paying and more highly skilled job. Some may eventually advance to become supervisors.

Nature of Work

Material moving workers are categorized into two groups—operators and laborers. Operators use machinery to move construction materials, earth, petroleum products, and other heavy materials. Generally, they move materials over short distances—around construction sites, factories, or warehouses. Some move materials onto or off of trucks and ships. Operators control equipment by moving levers, wheels, and/or foot pedals; operating switches; or turning dials. They also may set up and inspect equipment, make adjustments, and perform minor maintenance or repairs.

Laborers and hand material movers move freight, stock, or other materials by hand; clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment; feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment; and pack or package products and materials.

Material moving occupations are classified by the type of equipment they operate or the goods they handle. Each piece of equipment requires different skills, as do different types of loads. (For information on operating Engineers; paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators; and pile-driver operators, see the statement on construction equipment operators elsewhere in the Handbook.)

Industrial truck and tractor operators drive and control industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around warehouses, storage yards, factories, construction sites, or other worksites. A typical industrial truck, often called a forklift or lift truck, has a hydraulic lifting mechanism and forks for moving heavy and large objects. Industrial truck and tractor operators also may operate tractors that pull trailers loaded with materials, goods, or equipment within factories and warehouses or around outdoor storage areas.

Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators tend or operate machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to dig and load sand, gravel, earth, or similar materials into trucks or onto conveyors. Construction and mining industries employ the majority of excavation and loading machine and dragline operators. Dredge operators excavate waterways, removing sand, gravel, rock, or other materials from harbors, lakes, rivers, and streams. Dredges are used primarily to maintain navigable channels but also are used to restore wetlands and other aquatic habitats; reclaim land; and create and maintain beaches. Underground mining loading machine operators use underground loading machines to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttles and mine cars or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scrapers or scoops, and machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyors.

Crane and tower operators work mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machinery, and other heavy objects. Operators extend and retract horizontally mounted booms and lower and raise hooks attached to load lines. Most operators are guided by other workers using hand signals or a radio. Operators position loads from an onboard console or from a remote console at the site. While crane and tower operators are noticeable at office building and other construction sites, the biggest group works in primary metal, metal fabrication, and transportation equipment manufacturing industries that use heavy, bulky materials. Operators also work at major ports, loading and unloading large containers on and off ships. Hoist and winch operators control movement of cables, cages, and platforms to move workers and materials for manufacturing, logging, and other industrial operations. They work in positions such as derrick operators and hydraulic boom operators. Many hoist and winch operators are found in manufacturing or construction industries.

Pump operators tend, control, and operate pump and manifold systems that transfer gases, oil, or other materials to vessels or equipment. They maintain the equipment and regulate the flow of materials according to a schedule set up by petroleum Engineers or production supervisors. Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine-driven compressors. They transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas. Wellhead pumpers operate pumps and auxiliary equipment to produce flows of oil or gas from extraction sites.

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders operate ship-loading and -unloading equipment, conveyors, hoists, and other specialized material-handling equipment such as railroad tank car-unloading equipment. They may gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks. Conveyor operators and tenders control and tend conveyor systems that move materials to or from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. Shuttle car operators run diesel or electric-powered shuttle cars in underground mines, transporting materials from the working face to mine cars or conveyors.

Laborers and hand freight, stock, and material movers manually move materials and perform other unskilled, general labor. These workers move freight, stock, and other materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, ships, and containers. Their specific duties vary by industry and work setting. In factories, they may move raw materials or finished goods between loading docks, storage areas, and work areas, as well as sort materials and supplies and prepare them according to their work orders. Specialized workers within this group include baggage and cargo handlers—who work in transportation industries—and truck loaders and unloaders.

Hand packers and packagers manually pack, package, or wrap a variety of materials. They may inspect items for defects, label cartons, stamp information on products, keep records of items packed, and stack packages on loading docks. This group also includes order fillers, who pack materials for shipment, as well as grocery store courtesy clerks. In grocery stores, they may bag groceries, carry packages to customers’ cars, and return shopping carts to designated areas.

Machine feeders and offbearers feed materials into or remove materials from equipment or machines tended by other workers.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment clean machinery, vehicles, storage tanks, pipelines, and similar equipment using water and cleaning agents, vacuums, hoses, brushes, cloths, or other cleaning equipment.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather refuse and recyclables from homes and businesses into their trucks for transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. They lift and empty garbage cans or recycling bins by hand or, using hydraulic lift trucks, pick up and empty dumpsters. They work along scheduled routes.

Work environment. Material moving work tends to be repetitive and physically demanding. Workers may lift and carry heavy objects and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in awkward positions. Some work at great heights and some work outdoors—regardless of weather and climate. Some jobs expose workers to fumes, odors, loud noises, harmful materials and chemicals, or dangerous machinery. To protect their eyes, respiratory systems, and hearing, these workers wear safety clothing, such as gloves, hardhats, and other safety devices such as respirators. These jobs have become much less dangerous as safety equipment—such as overhead guards on lift trucks—has become common. Accidents usually can be avoided by observing proper operating procedures and safety practices.

Material movers generally work 8-hour shifts—though longer shifts are not uncommon. In industries that work around the clock, material movers may work overnight shifts. Some do this because their employers do not want to disturb customers during normal business hours. Refuse and recyclable material collectors often work shifts starting at 5 or 6 a.m. Some material movers work only during certain seasons, such as when the weather permits construction activity.

Related Occupations

Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Earnings

Median hourly earnings of material moving workers in May 2006 were relatively low, as indicated by the following tabulation:

Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators $21.83
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 19.13
Shuttle car operators 18.78
Crane and tower operators 18.77
Loading machine operators, underground mining 17.91
Wellhead pumpers 17.38
Dredge operators 16.26
Hoist and winch operators 16.16
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 15.83
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 15.37
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 13.93
Industrial truck and tractor operators 13.11
Conveyor operators and tenders 13.09
Machine feeders and offbearers 10.88
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 10.20
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 8.68
Packers and packagers, hand 8.48
Material moving workers, all other 14.55

Wages vary according to experience and job responsibilities. Wages usually are higher in metropolitan areas. Seasonal peaks and lulls in workload can affect the number of hours scheduled which affects earnings. Some crane operators, such as those unloading containers from ships at major ports earn substantially more then their counterparts in other industries or establishments. Certified crane operators tend to have a slightly higher hourly rate than those who are not certified.

For the latest wage information:

The above wage data are from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey program, unless otherwise noted. For the latest National, State, and local earnings data, visit the following pages:

  • Conveyor operators and tenders
  • Crane and tower operators
  • Dredge operators
  • Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators
  • Loading machine operators, underground mining
  • Hoist and winch operators
  • Industrial truck and tractor operators
  • Cleaners of vehicles and equipment
  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
  • Machine feeders and offbearers
  • Packers and packagers, hand
  • Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators
  • Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers
  • Wellhead pumpers
  • Refuse and recyclable material collectors
  • Shuttle car operators
  • Tank car, truck, and ship loaders
  • Material moving workers, all other
  • Job Outlook

    Job openings should be numerous because these occupations are very large and turnover is relatively high, even though little or no change in employment is expected because of automation.

    Employment change. Employment in material moving occupations is projected to decline by 1 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is considered little or no change in employment. Improvements in equipment, such as automated storage and retrieval systems and conveyors, will continue to raise productivity and moderate the demand for material movers.

    Job growth for material movers depends on the growth or decline of employing industries and the type of equipment the workers operate or the materials they handle. Employment will grow in the warehousing and storage industry as more firms contract out their warehousing functions to this industry. For example, a frozen food manufacturer may reduce its costs by outsourcing these functions to a refrigerated warehousing firm, which can more efficiently deal with the specialized storage needs of frozen food. Jobs in mining are expected to decline due to continued productivity increases within that industry. Opportunities for material movers will also decline in manufacturing due to productivity improvements and outsourcing of warehousing and other activities that depend on material movers. Job growth generally will be slower in large establishments, which can afford to invest in automated systems for their material moving needs.

    Construction is very sensitive to changes in economic conditions, so the number of job openings in this industry will fluctuate. Although increasing automation will eliminate some routine tasks, new jobs will be created by the need to operate and maintain new equipment. Additionally, firms are more likely initially to use workers when expanding their businesses as opposed to using automated systems due to the large fixed costs associated with such systems.

    Job prospects. Despite the little or no employment growth expected, job openings should be plentiful due to the fact that these occupations are very large and there will be a relatively high number of openings created by the need replace workers who transfer to other occupations or who retire or leave the labor force for other reasons—characteristic of occupations requiring little prior or formal training.

    Employment

    Material movers held 4.8 million jobs in 2006. They were distributed among the detailed occupations as follows:

    Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2,416,000
    Packers and packagers, hand 834,000
    Industrial truck and tractor operators 637,000
    Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 368,000
    Machine feeders and offbearers 148,000
    Refuse and recyclable material collectors 136,000
    Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 80,000
    Conveyor operators and tenders 50,000
    Crane and tower operators 46,000
    Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 16,000
    Wellhead pumpers 14,000
    Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 11,000
    Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators 4,200
    Loading machine operators, underground mining 3,100
    Hoist and winch operators 3,000
    Shuttle car operators 2,900
    Dredge operators 2,100
    Material moving workers, all other 54,000

    About 29 percent of all material movers worked in the wholesale trade or retail trade industries. Another 21 percent worked in manufacturing; 16 percent in transportation and warehousing; 4 percent in construction and mining; and 14 percent in the employment services industry, on a temporary or contract basis. For example, companies that need workers for only a few days, to move materials or to clean up a site, may contract with temporary help agencies specializing in providing suitable workers on a short-term basis. A small proportion of material movers were self-employed.

    Material movers work in every part of the country. Some work in remote locations on large construction projects such as highways and dams, while others work in factories, warehouses, or mining operations.

    Knowledge
    • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
    • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
    • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
    • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
    • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
    Skills
    • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
    • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
    • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
    Abilities
    • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
    • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
    • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
    • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
    Tasks
    • Core — Clean and maintain machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
    • Core — Weigh or measure materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Core — Fasten, package, or stack materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
    • Supplemental — Record production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
    • Supplemental — Add chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.
    Activities
    • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
    • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
    • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
    • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
    • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

    336 Machine Feeders and Offbearer Jobs Found


    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - FL - Jacksonville - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - MO - Kansas City - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - FL - Tampa - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - TX - Lubbock - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - FL - Gainesville - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - NY - New York - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - TX - Odessa - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - VA - Norfolk - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - AZ - Tucson - posted 8 days ago
    See the country on our dime. No experience needed. No experience. No Problem! Get paid to train. In as little as two to three weeks of sponsored tr...
    CRST - NC - Monroe - posted 8 days ago

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