Career outlook for food packaging operative
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help to prepare food and drink for sale in the shops by keeping production lines running smoothly.
You’d work on the machines and production lines that put finished food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.
You could be packaging:
- Pre-cooked meals
- Soft drinks
You’d work quickly and accurately to meet production targets. You’d need to have good observational skills and patience to do repetitive tasks.
- Check the quality of products for quality and remove defective items
- Keep machines supplied with packaging materials and labels
- Report machine faults to shift supervisors and maintenance staff
- Make minor adjustments to machine settings to changes from one product or container to another
- Keep the machines and production areas clean
- Put the products into boxes or crates to be sent to shops and supermarkets
You might also move the packaged items around the warehouse using pallet trollies or a forklift truck.
It’s important to follow strict health and safety guidelines, and have good standards of personal hygiene.
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- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Time management
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