What Does a Packaging Machine Mechanic Do?

Packaging Machine Mechanics (609C) generally set up packaging lines to accommodate various products, package dimensions and production volumes, and repair, adjust or maintain this equipment.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • using hand & precision tools safely to set up different types of packaging lines
  • reading diagrams and interpreting them to ensure proper installation of equipment
  • observing equipment in operation, troubleshooting problems
  • making adjustments to guides, belts, conveyor speeds as well as drive and transfer mechanisms
  • learning about packaging fundamentals, as well as electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, robotics, welding, and programmable controllers
  • cleaning and lubricating machine components
  • liaising with other personnel on complex electrical or mechanical problems or issues
  • keeping pace with production requirements
  • observing company safety and sanitary rules
  • communicating with co-workers and senior personnel

Additional information on training standards for this particular trade in the Industrial sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades/training-standards1/industrial

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

In order to register as an apprentice, you must be at least 16 years of age or older in the province of Ontario and have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. High school courses in English, Math or Science would be helpful, and enrollment in cooperative education in this field would be an asset. Completion of this type of apprenticeship will take 8,000 hours and will include theory classes and experience on-the-job. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Packaging Machine Mechanic?

Work in this field varies according to the product manufactured, the process and machinery used, and the use for the product. The use of automated technology, micro-processors and programmable controllers is ever-increasing. Most Packaging Machine Mechanics work full-time in a manufacturing environment. A Packaging Machine Mechanic may also take further education and training to become a technician, and work on developing or modifying designs with plant engineers. 

Wage Rate

The wage rate in this field varies based on the size and complexity of the manufacturing company and its requirements; wages range from a low of  $17.00 per hour to a high of $22.00 per hour often with overtime and benefits. 


Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Packaging Machine Mechanic for You?

Do you enjoy working with tools and around machinery?

Yes     No

Do you have good reading, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills?

Yes     No

Can you plan and organize tasks and manage your time effectively to set up and keep production running on schedule? 

Yes     No

Are you able to bend, stretch, kneel, stand, carry and lift up to 30 lbs in weight?

Yes     No

Are you interested in gaining knowledge of  machining, electronic components, hydraulic and pneumatics and welding?

Yes     No

Do you enjoy working in a hectic team environment interacting with co-workers and senior personnel?

Yes     No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, Packaging Machine Mechanic may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Electrician
  • Industrial Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright
  • Welder-Fitter
  • Electronic Technician
  • Instrumentation Mechanic



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