Packaging Machinery Technicians

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 306,860 industrial machinery mechanics are employed in the United States.

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

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