Packaging Machinery Technicians

Technician Moves Jars

Packaging machinery technicians work with automated machinery that packages products into bottles, cans, bags, boxes, cartons, and other containers. The machines perform various operations, such as forming, filling, closing, labeling, and marking. The systems and technologies that packaging machinery technicians work with are diverse. Depending on the job, packaging machinery technicians may work with electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, or pneumatic systems. They also may work with computerized controllers, fiber-optic transmitters, robotic units, and vision systems. Approximately 323,280 industrial machinery mechanics are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Automated Packaging Machine Mechanics, Filling Machine Operators
Duties Build, install, test, repair, and maintain automated machinery that packages products into bottles, cans, boxes, and other containers
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Project Manager
  • Packaging Supervisor
  • Packaging Machinery Technician