Helpers--Production Workers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

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  • Wood Pole Treater
  • Wood Handler
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What They Do

  • Cut or break flashing from materials or products.
  • Thread ends of items such as thread, cloth, and lace through needles and rollers, and around take-up tubes.
  • Break up defective products for reprocessing.
  • Fold products and product parts during processing.
  • Wash work areas, machines, equipment, vehicles, or products.
  • Position spouts or chutes of storage bins so that containers can be filled.
  • Attach slings, ropes, or cables to objects such as pipes, hoses, or bundles.
  • Change machine gears, using wrenches.
  • Perform minor repairs to machines, such as replacing damaged or worn parts.
  • Prepare raw materials for processing.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $29,820 with most people making between $19,050 and $43,590


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 23,200 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 23,010 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 760 replacement openings for approximately 760 total annual openings.

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