Summary Report for:
53-7011.00 - Conveyor Operators and Tenders
Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.
Sample of reported job titles: Assembly Line Tender, Bander, Cartoner Operator, Chain Puller, Chipper Operator, Debarker Operator, Packing Line Operator, Press Operator, Process Line Operator, Process Operator
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Position deflector bars, gates, chutes, or spouts to divert flow of materials from one conveyor onto another conveyor.
- Weigh or measure materials and products, using scales or other measuring instruments, or read scales on conveyors that continually weigh products, to verify specified tonnages and prevent overloads.
- Manipulate controls, levers, and valves to start pumps, auxiliary equipment, or conveyors, and to adjust equipment positions, speeds, timing, and material flows.
- Record production data such as weights, types, quantities, and storage locations of materials, as well as equipment performance problems and downtime.
- Inform supervisors of equipment malfunctions that need to be addressed.
- Clean, sterilize, and maintain equipment, machinery, and work stations, using hand tools, shovels, brooms, chemicals, hoses, and lubricants.
- Observe conveyor operations and monitor lights, dials, and gauges to maintain specified operating levels and to detect equipment malfunctions.
- Operate elevator systems in conjunction with conveyor systems.
- Read production and delivery schedules, and confer with supervisors, to determine sorting and transfer procedures, arrangement of packages on pallets, and destinations of loaded pallets.
- Repair or replace equipment components or parts such as blades, rolls, and pumps.
- Contact workers in work stations or other departments to request movement of materials, products, or machinery, or to notify them of incoming shipments and their estimated delivery times.
- Stop equipment or machinery and clear jams, using poles, bars, and hand tools, or remove damaged materials from conveyors.
- Collect samples of materials or products, checking them to ensure conformance to specifications or sending them to laboratories for analysis.
- Load, unload, or adjust materials or products on conveyors by hand, by using lifts, hoists, and scoops, or by opening gates, chutes, or hoppers.
- Operate consoles to control automatic palletizing equipment.
- Affix identifying information to materials or products, using hand tools.
- Distribute materials, supplies, and equipment to work stations, using lifts and trucks.
- Move, assemble, and connect hoses or nozzles to material hoppers, storage tanks, conveyor sections or chutes, and pumps.
- Observe packages moving along conveyors in order to identify packages and to detect defective packaging.
- Measure dimensions of bundles, using rulers, and cut battens to required sizes, using power saws.
- Press console buttons to deflect packages to predetermined accumulators or reject lines.
- Join sections of conveyor frames at temporary working areas, and connect power units.
- Thread strapping through strapping tools and secure battens with strapping to form protective pallets around extrusions.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Automobiles or cars — Automobiles
- Bar code reader equipment — Handheld scanners
- Batching plants or feeders — Hoppers
- Belt conveyors — Belt conveyors systems; Boom conveyors
- Chain conveyors — Chain conveyor systems
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- Ear plugs — Hearing protection plugs
- Elevators — Elevator systems
- Floor or platform scales — Digital floor scales
- Forklift or elevator accessories or supplies — Scoops
- Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts
- Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns
- Hoists — Electric hoists
- Hydraulic pumps — Gate pumps
- Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic booms
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Lifts — Hydraulic lifts
- Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Pickup trucks
- Minivans or vans — Light industrial vans
- Oil can — Oil dispensing cans
- Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks
- Palletizers — Automatic palletizing equipment
- Power saws — Portable power saws
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Restraint straps or buckles or accessories or supplies — Strapping tools
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses
- Screw conveyor — Grain conveyors; Screw conveyors
- Spot welding machine — Spot welders
- Sump pumps
- Two way radios — Mobile radios
- Vibrating conveyors
- Water hoses — Watering hoses
Technology used in this occupation:
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
- Industrial control software — Control system software; Conveyor control software; Sortation software
- Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Intelligrated InControlWare
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Detailed Work Activities
- Position material handling equipment.
- Measure product or material dimensions.
- Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications.
- Operate conveyors or other industrial material moving equipment.
- Control pumps or pumping equipment.
- Collect samples for analysis or testing.
- Test materials, solutions, or samples.
- Record operational or production data.
- Load materials into equipment for processing.
- Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
- Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
- Clean facilities or work areas.
- Clean machinery or equipment.
- Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
- Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
- Operate packing or other material processing equipment.
- Mark materials or objects for identification.
- Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
- Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
- Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
- Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
- Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
- Remove debris or damaged materials.
- Connect cables or electrical lines.
- Secure cargo.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 99% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 88% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 95% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 84% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 86% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 11% responded “Limited freedom.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 18% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 16% responded “Limited freedom.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 13% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Exposed to High Places — 12% responded “Never.”
- Physical Proximity — 18% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 11% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week
- Spend Time Standing — 76% responded “More than half the time.”
- Time Pressure — 20% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 14% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover
- Work With Work Group or Team — 11% responded “Extremely important.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 11% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 16% responded “Never.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 73% responded “High responsibility.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 15% responded “Less than half the time.”
- In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 14% responded “Never.”
- Telephone — 15% responded “Every day.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment
- Letters and Memos — 18% responded “Every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 16% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 78% responded “Important.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 15% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 18% responded “Every day.”
- Degree of Automation — 34% responded “Moderately automated.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|Not available||Some college, no degree|
|Not available||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Not available||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RC
- Realistic — 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.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- 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. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$15.41 hourly, $32,050 annual|
|Employment (2014)||40,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||11,500|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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Sources of Additional Information
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- Material moving machine operators . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.