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Packer - Light Goods

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Packer
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€16 - 25 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Packs, wraps and seals products into containers in a factory or warehouse.


The Work header image

Packers of light goods pack all types of manufactured products such as clothing, food and drink, electrical and electronic equipment, pharmaceutical products and small engineering parts. These items are packed for a number of purposes:  
 
- to protect them from damage  
- to preserve them  
- for display in presentation packaging  
- so that products can be sold in convenient numbers or amounts.  
 
The packer's work depends on the type of product and manufacturing process. Many packers work on production lines and pack products as they are made. Packers lift items from a conveyor belt and put them into protective materials, such as plastic, shredded paper, bubble-wrap, shrink-wrap or polystyrene. The items are then put into boxes.  
 
Packers may make up boxes from pre-cut cardboard and operate sealing equipment, such as tape or staple guns, to seal packages. If products are mainly packed by machine - for instance, liquids into bottles or cream into tubes - the packer may be involved in machine operating.  
 
Some items are weighed as they are packed, for example small engineering parts such as nuts and caps. Packers may stack packed goods ready for delivery.  
 
The packaging of some products is broken down into stages, so that the work can be done quickly. A packer is then involved in only part of the process. For example, one packer may iron a shirt and line the collars with cardboard and plastic inserts; another packer may fold and pin the shirt; a final packer may bag and box it.  
 
Packing some items involves operating shrink-wrap machines. Packers cover the products in polythene sheeting and push them through the machine, which heats and shrinks the plastic film tightly.  
 
Those involved in packing a variety of different products may need to choose appropriate packaging. They select packages and inner protection of the correct size and material to suit the product, and make sure it is safe to transport. Some packers label packages with product or customer details.  
 
Packing can also involve checking goods for faults or damage as part of the quality control process.  
 
Some packers are employed in production areas and others in warehouse or despatch departments.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Load materials and products into package processing equipment.

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Clean containers, materials, supplies, or work areas, using cleaning solutions and hand tools.

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Record product, packaging, and order information on specified forms and records.

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Examine and inspect containers, materials, and products to ensure that packing specifications are met.

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Measure, weigh, and count products and materials.

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Mark and label containers, container tags, or products, using marking tools.

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Place or pour products or materials into containers, using hand tools and equipment, or fill containers from spouts or chutes.

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Remove completed or defective products or materials, placing them on moving equipment such as conveyors or in specified areas such as loading docks.

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Transport packages to customers' vehicles.

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Assemble, line, and pad cartons, crates, and containers, using hand tools.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to be methodical and able to work at speed. Good hand skills and co-ordination are essential. 

Some packers need nimble fingers to deal with tiny parts or fixing materials like pins. Those working with fragile objects like glass need to work carefully. Those responsible for labelling should have clear handwriting.  
 
As a packer you should enjoy practical work. You also need to be willing to do repetitive work; many packers are involved in packing the same type of product week after week. You will need to be able to take direction from others.  
 
Some packers are seated, but others spend most of their time on their feet. Good eyesight may be required for some jobs.


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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
  Email: info@employmentrights.ie
  Url www.employmentrights.ie
   

 

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