Also known as Chipper Operator, Debarker Operator, Flumer, Line Operator, Machine Operator, Package Line Operator, Packaging Line Operator, Packing Line Operator, Process Operator, Strapper Operator
Also known as Chipper Operator, Debarker Operator, Flumer
Conveyor Operators control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles.
In addition, Conveyor Operators may control speed and routing of materials or products.
Conveyor Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Conveyor Operators. More generally, Conveyor Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Conveyor Operator is $35,770, and the average salary is $37,540. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Conveyor Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Conveyor Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Conveyor Operators earn less than $25,810 per year, 25% earn less than $29,640, 75% earn less than $43,230, and 90% earn less than $52,040.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Conveyor Operators is expected to change by 6.2%, and there should be roughly 3,500 open positions for Conveyor Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Conveyor Operator are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Conveyor Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Conveyor Operator tend to value Support, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Conveyor Operators very strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Conveyor Operators moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Conveyor Operators moderately value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Conveyor Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as dependability, self-control, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Conveyor Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Conveyor Operator may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Conveyor Operators need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Conveyor Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, public safety and security, or production and processing knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Conveyor Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Conveyor Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Conveyor Operators need abilities such as oral comprehension, control precision, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Conveyor Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Conveyor Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and monitoring to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Conveyor Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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