SYCTW - Factory Worker
In Wisconsin, United States
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The development and deployment of machinery was responsible for one of the great advances in human history, the industrial revolution. Machinery encompasses a vast range of products, ranging from huge industrial turbines costing millions of dollars to the common lawn mower, but all machinery has one common defining feature: it either reduces or eliminates the amount of human work required to accomplish a task. Machinery is critical to the production of many of the Nation's goods and services because nearly every workplace in every industry uses some form of machinery. From the farm tractor to the commercial refrigerator in use by your favorite restaurant, machinery is necessary for the way we live today. Thus, while people never use or even see most of the machinery that makes their lifestyles possible, they use the products it makes every day.
Most workers in machinery manufacturing work 8 hour shifts, 5 days a week. Overtime can be common, however, especially during periods of peak demand. As a result, the average production worker worked 42.3 hours per week in 2008, with about 31 percent of all workers in the industry averaging more than 40 hours a week, and 17 percent of workers over 50 hours per week.
Employment in machinery manufacturing is expected to continue its long-term decline as productivity increases allow companies to produce more goods with fewer workers.
Employment change. Wage and salary employment in the machinery manufacturing industry is expected to decrease 8 percent over the 2008-18 period compared with an 11 percent increase for all industries combined. As shown in table 3, most segments of the industry are expected to experience a decline in employment.
Information is from the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition.
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