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Machine Feeders and Offbearers
SOC Code: 53-7063.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Cotton Tipper, Dryer Feeder, Feeder, Line Operator, Lug Loader, Machine Feeder, Offbearer, Sawmill Worker, Sewing Line Baler, Tube Puller


  • Inspect materials and products for defects, and to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Record production and operational data, such as amount of materials processed.
  • Push dual control buttons and move controls to start, stop, or adjust machinery and equipment.
  • Weigh or measure materials or products to ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Identify and mark materials, products, and samples, following instructions.
  • Clean and maintain machinery, equipment, and work areas to ensure proper functioning and safe working conditions.
  • Load materials and products into machines and equipment, or onto conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Transfer materials and products to and from machinery and equipment, using industrial trucks or hand trucks.
  • Fasten, package, or stack materials and products, using hand tools and fastening equipment.
  • Remove materials and products from machines and equipment, and place them in boxes, trucks or conveyors, using hand tools and moving devices.
  • Shovel or scoop materials into containers, machines, or equipment for processing, storage, or transport.
  • Open and close gates of belt and pneumatic conveyors on machines that are fed directly from preceding machines.
  • Add chemicals, solutions, or ingredients to machines or equipment as required by the manufacturing process.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Industrial control software - Machine operation software
  • Time accounting software - Work time tracking software

Tools Used

  • Air conveyors - Pneumatic conveyor systems
  • Batching plants or feeders - Hoppers
  • Belt conveyors - Conveyor belt systems
  • Ear plugs - Protective ear plugs
  • Electronic actuators - Feeder consoles
  • Floor or platform scales - Digital floor scales
  • Forklifts - Wheeled forklifts
  • Glue roller spreader - Folder gluers
  • Grinding machines - Grinder machines
  • Hand trucks or accessories - Warehouse hand trucks
  • Hoists - Electric hoists
  • Label applying machines - Label applicators
  • Milling machines
  • Pallet trucks - Manual pallet jacks
  • Personal computers
  • Power feeder - Mechanical sheet feeders
  • Safety glasses - Protective glasses
  • Strapping tensioners or sealers - Strappers
  • Track cranes - Overhead track cranes
  • Winches - Electric winches
  • Wrapping machinery - Machine wrappers


  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.


  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 94% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 67% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 46% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 36% responded “Important.”
  • Contact With Others - 38% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 35% responded “Very important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 57% responded “40 hours.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 57% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 30% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 27% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 27% responded “Very important.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 37% responded “Important.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 32% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 32% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 36% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Consequence of Error - 26% responded “Serious.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 44% responded “Never.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 33% responded “Limited freedom.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
73%High school diploma or equivalent
21%Less than high school diploma
4%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $13.70 hourly, $28,510 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 88,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 12,000

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