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Production Worker

Help create a variety of different products.

What does a Production Worker do?

As a Production Worker, you work in a factory setting, completing a variety of functions in the production of goods. In this position, the Production Worker may be responsible for any part of the process, from the production to the inspection to the distribution of products for commercial customers.

One of your duties is to oversee quality control, making sure that the products you create meet the standards customers have learned to expect from your organization. The Production Worker observes the machinery as it produces an item, and inspects the final piece to look for flaws. For example, if you oversee a machine that makes candles, you check the shape and dimensions of the candle, and make sure that the wick is there. If there’s a problem with either the candle or the wick, you then follow company policy to address the situation.

Attention to detail and keen observation skills are necessary for this position, as you are also charged with ensuring that all work order and procedural instructions are followed. Each job function (think different machines or instructions) may require different safety procedures, and it’s up to you to make sure the correct ones are followed.

It’s also essential that you know how to manage your time so that productivity goals are reached. All parts of the production process are interconnected, which means the other parts cannot be completed without you, and you can’t keep everyone else waiting. The ability to focus during long shifts, stand for long periods of time, and lift at least 50 pounds repeatedly is mandatory as well.