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Production Work Helper  What They Do

Just the Facts


Helps production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Loads and unloads items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances.
  • Operates machinery used in the production process, or assists machine operators.
  • Places products in equipment or on work surfaces for further processing, inspecting, or wrapping.
  • Examines products to verify conformance to quality standards.
  • Starts machines or equipment to begin production processes.
  • Observes equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notifies operators of any malfunctions.
  • Removes products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines.
  • Lifts raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using hoists.
  • Transfers finished products, raw materials, tools, or equipment between storage and work areas of plants and warehouses, by hand or using hand trucks or powered lift trucks.
  • Packs and stores materials and products.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Assistant Operator --
  • Helper --
  • Laborer --
  • Machine Operator --
  • Material Handler --
  • Press Helper --
  • Production Worker --
  • Service Person --
  • Support Team Member --
  • Utility Worker --