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SOC: 53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers
Feed materials into or remove materials from machines or equipment that is automatic or tended by other workers.
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Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: 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.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.42   Entry $21,675.00
Mean $15.07   Mean $31,335.00
Experience $17.39 Experience $36,170.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
1,7601,890260.71
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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53-7063.00 Machine Feeders and Offbearers