Production Operator Career

Job Description: Operate one or more of a variety of office machines, such as photocopying, photographic, and duplicating machines, or other office machines.

*A job as a Production Operator falls under the broader career category of Office Machine Operators, Except Computer. The information on this page will generally apply to all careers in this category. We are still seeking more specific information about this career from experts in this field. If you can provide us with more information, .

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Production Operator Career

What skills are required for Production Operators?

Importance Skills
  Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  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.
  Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

What knowledge is needed to be a Production Operator?

Importance Knowledge
  English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  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.
  Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  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.
  Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  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.
  Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  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.
  Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Work Styles

Importance Styles
  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.
  Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  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.
  Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Holland Code Chart for a Production Operator

Work Values

Importance Values
  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.