Packing Machine Operator

Careers information

What do they do?

Packaging machine operators use specialist machines to create attractive, protective paperboard packaging for things like food, beauty products, household appliances, beverages etc. They also check that packaging meets specifications

Typical day

Typically, an 8 hour day. Packaging machine operators plan, set up and run machines to make ready, cut and crease substrates, glue and fold elements to meet specific quality standards.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Sciences or Workshop Technology

• Creative Arts (Visual / Textiles / Graphics / Performance Music)

• Computing / ICT / Information Management


• Good at precision work

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Confidence with IT, computers, technology

• Good initiative/‘can do’ attitude

Helpful experience

•  Analysing, researching or problem solving

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

• Working with computers

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• One place every day

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

Newly Qualified

$37k - $42k


Icn Money

5 years experience

$62k - $93k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

No minimum entry requirement

Printing Production (Digital Processes, Screen, Sheet Fed, Reel Fed, Pad Printing, Binding and Finishing)

Fibreboard Manufacturer

Forme Die Maker

Die Cutter

Glue Operator

Packaging Machine Operator

Team Leader

Production Manager

Business Manager

Operations Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship or Apprenticeship Higher learning Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the packaging industry and the skills learners and businesses need.