What does a Packaging Machine Mechanic (609C) do?

Packaging Machine Mechanics set up packaging lines to accommodate various products, package dimensions, and production volumes. They may also repair, adjust, or maintain this equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Safely using hand and precision tools to set up different types of packaging lines
  • Reading diagrams and interpreting them to ensure proper installation of equipment
  • Observing equipment in operation and troubleshooting problems, when required; liaising with other personnel to solve complex electrical or mechanical issues
  • Adjusting guides, belts, conveyor speeds, and drive and transfer mechanisms
  • Learning about packaging fundamentals, electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics, welding, and programmable controllers
  • Cleaning and lubricating machine components
  • Keeping pace with production requirements
  • Observing company safety and sanitation rules
  • Communicating effectively with co-workers and senior personnel

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Grade 12 and age 16; English, science, and math credits are an asset, as is co-op
  • Completion of an 8,000-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Packaging Machine Mechanic (609C)?

  • Full-time, indoor work in manufacturing environment
  • Increasing use of automated technology
  • Work varies according to product being manufactured, the process and machinery used, and the use for the product

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skills and expertise. Fully qualified workers earn an average of $17.00-$22.00 per hour.


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