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Packer

A Packer simply packs various materials and products by hand in many different industries and settings. A packer, or packager as they are often called, is usually a part of a manufacturing operation or material moving company.

Duties and tasks

  • Examine and inspect products, materials, and containers to ensure they are packed correctly
  • Gather, move, and sort products and materials
  • Mark and label containers and products
  • Measure, weight, and count different materials and products
  • Record packing, order, and product information for shipment
  • Seal containers or materials using different types of adhesives

Skills required

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination skills
  • No formal education or training is needed
  • On-the-job training is often provided by the employer
  • The ability to stand/lift/etc. for long periods of time

Working conditions

Packers (packagers) are employed at material moving organisations. Packers may work indoors or outside, often regardless of weather. Packers usually work eight-hour shifts, though they can be longer, and their work is often psychically demanding and very repetitive.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Furniture Removers Association

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Storeperson
Transport Clerk
Truck Despatcher