Production WorkerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

A production worker operates machinery or equipment on an assembly line of a factory or manufacturing plant to help assemble products and monitor equipment for defects in the product. While some may be responsible for all stages of production, others may only be responsible for certain, important areas of production. 

Production workers work closely with colleagues to check product quality and meet deadlines. They can also be responsible for preparing products for shipping. These employees are expected to keep their work area clean to ensure a more efficient work environment and coincide with strict health and safety guidelines. To work on the production line, consistent speed and accuracy while not compromising quality, are vital.

Sample job description #1

The Feeder/Folder continuously grasps, sorts, and grades clean textiles and then either folds by hand or feeds into an ironer or folding machine for final finishing. Performs other tasks as required.

Essential functions

  • Grasp textiles from a cart/bin then sort, inspect, and grade according to quality standards
  • Fold, assemble, and package by hand different types and sizes of textiles
  • Feed different types and sizes of textiles into ironers or folding machines
  • Place finished product onto conveyors or into carts, dump slings of product onto work tables
  • Move loaded or empty carts/bins within the production area
  • Process textiles according to type and written packing instructions
  • Continuously meet efficiency and safety standards for the position
  • Follow instructions as directed by supervision
  • Keep work area neat and clean

Additional functions

  • Work in other production positions as needed

Qualifications

  • Recognize colors and sizes, count, and sort accurately
  • Recognize, inspect and grade product
  • Comprehend and follow written packing instructions
  • Comprehend and follow direction

Typical physical activity

  • Physical Demands consist of standing, walking, reaching overhead, pushing, pulling, grasping, lifting up to 25 lbs., and stooping
  • Physical Requirements consist of being able to meet the physical demands for the entire shift

Typical environmental conditions

  • Production areas of a typical industrial laundry facility, which includes variations in temperature, odors, humidity, lint, and dust

Sample job description #2

ABC company is the premier provider of material processing and environmental services to the global steel and metals industries. Our onsite mill services and resource recovery services offer sustainable solutions that maximize environmental benefits and return valuable raw material into production. We also have developed a range of by-products for specialized applications across industry, construction, and agriculture.

General position responsibilities

Responsible for ALL general day-to-day production activities, bagging, load-out, front-end loader operations, hauling material in trucks, unloading of all rail cars, etc. at plant locations.

Employee will be completing daily production activities in a warehouse setting, Bagging, Housekeeping, Operation of Front End Loader – Skid Steer, Loading of Bulk and bagged Freight shipments both truck and rail. Operate plant equipment and packaging equipment, Employee will need to have the ability to assist with plant repairs as needed

Essential duties

  • Load trucks and railcars as per shipping requirements
  • Inspect all trucks and railcars before loading; internally and externally in compliance with Safety practices
  • Install and record seals in the rail book and on the order pick slips on all railcars
  • Load vehicles evenly with material to proper weights
  • Keep loading areas clean
  • Fill out railcar/truck checklist
  • Complete track check lists and turn into the office daily so rail logs can be matched against office records
  • Perform general clean up
  • Keep loadout plant area clean of material and debris making sure all trash cans are emptied weekly from the office and plant area
  • Assist other production personnel in cleaning other areas of the plant when necessary

Bagging operation

  • Operate bagging equipment to bag and palletize bag material
  • Perform pre start up checks of equipment and fill out any forms or inspections associated with the bagging operation
  • Load trucks with bagged material making sure that the product being loaded matches the material being placed on each truck and care is taken in placement of all pallets
  • Operate forklift making sure all mobile equipment logs are filled out daily for each piece of machinery
  • Complete quality testing as required and log all analysis properly on the respective pick slips
  • Notify the plant operator when the proper materials for bagging production are needed. If blends are performed make sure the blend is logged for the duration of the blend and proper Q.C. standards are followed

Report potential problems

  • Notify management and office administrator’s in a timely manner of material shortages for daily shipments
  • Notify management of any gradation problems or loading time changes
  • Notify management and maintenance of any unusual noise or potential mechanical problems
  • Assist maintenance in repairing any mechanical equipment when necessary

Paperwork

  • Complete and maintain all related paperwork as directed by management daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly
  • Other duties may be required to maintain a safe and efficient operation, as assigned by Management

Requirements

  • Must be able to pass company physical, and drug/alcohol screening.
  • Prior experience in manufacturing is preferred
  • Forklift and front-end loader certification is a plus

Basic qualifications

  • Employee should be able to lift up to 100lbs., twist bend stand for long durations, hold general computer skills, Mathematical skills along with basic production skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Machinery Operations, Forklift Operation, Mechanical Aptitude/Abilities, Problem Solving Skills

Education

  • High School or equivalent

Sample job description #3

Looking for a challenging yet rewarding career with a company that produces the world’s most recognizable products? Join us in (city, state) where we are passionate about the products we make, the people we work with, and the city we live in. You’ll collaborate with many diverse people and perspectives, and be a part of the united values and winning culture at ABC company! Our culture boasts a strong safety record, a high level of accountability, and great developmental opportunities.

Here is a taste of what you will be doing

  • Making things Happen – Producing high-quality finished goods and ensuring efficient and safe machine operation
  • Setting the Pace – Inspecting equipment and performing basic adjustments and preventative maintenance when needed
  • Always Accountable – Following all Company Safety Rules and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Connecting – Hanging out with the cool kids in a collaborative team environment

Required

  • Demonstrated ability to operate machinery
  • Ability to follow instructions, verbal and written
  • Physically must be able to stand for long hours and be able to lift at or above the waist at a maximum of fifty pound
  • Night shift

Bonus points

  • Previous experience in a manufacturing setting or a related position
  • Experience in a food manufacturing industry
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • A great sense of humor

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a production worker is $29,900 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$29,750 $40,250 
Los Angeles, California$33,550$45,400
Denver, Colorado$27,950 $37,800
Washington, DC$34,050 $46,100 
Miami, Florida$27,850 $37,650
Orlando, Florida$25,650 $34,750 
Tampa, Florida$25,900 $35,050 
Atlanta, Georgia$27,200$36,800 
Chicago, Illinois$31,250 $42,300 
Boston, Massachusetts$33,800 $45,750 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$26,950 $36,450 
New York City, New York$35,600 $48,150
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$28,950 $39,200
Dallas, Texas$28,200$38,150 
Houston, Texas$27,950$37,800
Seattle, Washington$32,550 $44,000 
National Average$25,400$34,400 

Sample interview questions

  • Have you worked on a production line before? What was being manufactured?
  • What do you think is the most important part of the production process?
  • What time management strategies do you use when facing a deadline?
  • How do you feel your experience in this industry has best prepared you for our open position?
  • Have you ever made a mistake on the job? How did you fix it?
  • In your experience as a production worker, did you have to meet challenging physical demands? How?
  • Imagine that you repeatedly found a coworker not being productive during their shift hours. How would you handle that?
  • What experience do you have working with heavy or professional machinery?
  • What would you do if there were consistent defects in the products your team was manufacturing?
  • What safety training and/or certifications do you have?
  • Are you familiar with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software?
  • What steps would you take if it was discovered that defective products had already been prepared for shipping?
  • Do you have experience operating industrial machinery?
  • What would you do if your production quota was raised to an unattainable amount?
  • What steps do you take to avoid exhaustion and fatigue on the production floor?

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