A production worker is responsible for operating and maintaining equipment in a factory or warehouse and preparing items for distribution. The job description of a production worker involves assembling and checking product parts, ensuring that all machinery runs smoothly, and assisting in the shipment of items.
A production worker cleans and operates factory equipment, works on an assembly line, puts together and inspects products, and adheres to all factory safety guidelines and standards.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Production Worker
- Starts assembly and production machinery at beginning of shift.
- Monitors equipment to ensure that products are being assembled properly.
- Makes sure that workstation is clean and free of hazardous materials.
- Addresses problems with production equipment and machinery and fixes them as needed.
- Cleans equipment.
- Assembles product parts by hand.
- Uses power tools to solder, weld, drill, and attach parts.
- Observes and removes faulty product parts from assembly line.
- Inspects assembled products to ensure they are up to quality standards.
- Affixes labels, company logos, and other exterior details to products.
- Packs up completed products and prepares them for shipment.
- Keeps factory floor clean.
- Unloads, organizes, and stocks shipments.
- Adheres to all safety guidelines dictation the production and handling of materials in the factory.
- Ensures that all production deadlines are met.
- Reports issues or problems with production to immediate supervisor.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrates ability to interpret equipment gauges and monitors on factory equipment.
- Possesses knowledge of the structure and function of production equipment.
- Is able to identify problems or malfunctions with machinery and equipment.
- Demonstrates analytical thinking and problem- solving skills necessary to troubleshoot production issues.
- Pays close attention to detail.
- Exhibits ability to work cautiously but efficiently in potentially hazardous conditions.
- Is familiar with all factory safety procedures and guidelines.
- Demonstrates ability to use power tools safely and effectively.
- Works efficiently and manages time effectively.
- Possesses physical strength and stamina required to stand, walk, and lift for long periods of time.
- Possesses physical dexterity necessary to assemble small and delicate product parts.
Education and Experience
- High school diploma or GED is required.
- Certification and licensing to operate factory machinery is strongly preferred.
- Previous experience in factory or warehouse setting is recommended.
- Standard 40-hour workweek applies.
- Working hours will be spent in the factory or warehouse.
- Moderate to heavy physical activity such as walking and lifting is required on a daily basis.
- Individuals may be required to handle or transport hazardous chemicals or fragile products.
- Safety gear, such as goggles, gloves, and helmets should be worn on a regular basis.
- The average salary for a production worker is between $25,000 and $28,000 per year.
- Salaries can range from $20,000 to $60,000 depending on years of experience, certification, and parent company.