Must be able to follow instructions from higher-level employees, must listen attentively and then use their speaking skills to ask questions or explain what they are doing. They need the manual dexterity to use tools and factory machines, the physical strength to lift and move heavy equipment, and the stamina to remain on their feet for most of their shift. Time management is helpful in organizing work and finishing it on schedule. May need to complete several tasks in one shift, work in teams under supervisors, and also need good interpersonal skills.
General laborers clean and lubricate equipment, keep manufacturing areas free of debris and dirt, and set out or put away tools. They follow instructions from more experienced employees to operate machines, hold or supply materials and tools, and load and unload items from machines and assembly lines. They also locate parts, tag them with identifying text and numbers, and record information such as gauge readings, products produced and manufacturing times. If they locate defective products or observe equipment malfunctions, laborers must report the problems to higher-level employees, and if necessary, assist with any fixes.
The duties of general laborers vary and may include loading and removing paper and inks from printing machines.
High School Diploma or Equivalent