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Details for Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping


Description

Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature.

Tasks

  • Document quantity, quality, type, weight, test result data, and value of materials or products to maintain shipping, receiving, and production records and files.
  • Weigh or measure materials, equipment, or products to maintain relevant records, using volume meters, scales, rules, or calipers.
  • Collect or prepare measurement, weight, or identification labels and attach them to products.
  • Examine products or materials, parts, subassemblies, and packaging for damage, defects, or shortages, using specification sheets, gauges, and standards charts.
  • Signal or instruct other workers to weigh, move, or check products.
  • Collect product samples and prepare them for laboratory analysis or testing.
  • Maintain, monitor, and clean work areas, such as recycling collection sites, drop boxes, counters and windows, and areas around scale houses.
  • Compare product labels, tags, or tickets, shipping manifests, purchase orders, and bills of lading to verify accuracy of shipment contents, quality specifications, or weights.
  • Remove from stock products or loads not meeting quality standards, and notify supervisors or appropriate departments of discrepancies or shortages.
  • Inspect products and examination records to determine the number of defects per worker and the reasons for examiners' rejections.
  • Store samples of finished products in labeled cartons and record their location.
  • Maintain financial records, such as accounts of daily collections and billings, and records of receipts issued.
  • Inspect incoming loads of waste to identify contents and to screen for the presence of specific regulated or hazardous wastes.
  • Count or estimate quantities of materials, parts, or products received or shipped.
  • Communicate with customers and vendors to exchange information regarding products, materials, and services.
  • Compute product totals and charges for shipments.
  • Fill orders for products and samples, following order tickets, and forward or mail items.
  • Operate scalehouse computers to obtain weight information about incoming shipments such as those from waste haulers.
  • Sort products or materials into predetermined sequences or groupings for display, packing, shipping, or storage.
  • Transport materials, products, or samples to processing, shipping, or storage areas, manually or using conveyors, pumps, or hand trucks.
  • Prepare measurement tables and conversion charts, using standard formulas.
  • Unload or unpack incoming shipments.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills

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