Machine operator

Machine operators are responsible for a smooth course of machine production. The operator must ensure man, machine and product safety and fulfil all the tasks of his job profile with high accuracy, contributing to a stable course of production and a high level of machine efficiency. Besides "running" the machine, he is able to perform small daily and weekly maintenance, light repair and cleaning works to instructions. To guarantee a high efficiency, a proactive observation upstream and downstream of the machinery is necessary.



  1. Global process of the machine must have been understood.
  2. The method of operation and the technical specifications (e.g. performance data) of the machine/line must have been understood and mastered.
  3. The method of operation and the technical specifications of the machine assemblies, related to the job at the machine must have been understood and mastered.
  4. At change of shift or start of work, obligation to inform and hand over properly the status of machines, lines and production.
  5. Handling and updating of machine relevant documents (spare parts documentation, electrical documents, operating manual).
  6. General hygiene regulations must be observed.


  1. Familiarisation with and observation of general and safety regulations, related to the job at the machine (accident prevention regulation)
  2. Duty to report serious malfunctions to one's superiors.

Machine operation

  1. Operation of the machine (start up, shut down, ...); knowledge in connection with visualisation and control components.
  2. Contribution to maintenance cost reduction and OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) optimisation
  3. Monitoring of the course of production, analysing of malfunctions and eliminating of slight malfunctions.



  1. Installation/removal of wearing parts and performance of minor maintenance work to instruction.   
  2. Execution of standard, lubrication (daily and weekly), maintenance, cleaning and service operations according to plan.
  3. Carrying out of quality checks as specified. Quality measures with respect to the product must be completed (bottle, product, cap, label, etc. must correspond to quality guidelines (DIN, ABMI, ...)).
  4. For all to do´s control of success is necessary.


Set-up/conversion processes.

  1. Setting up, replacing and adjusting the formats and machines according to optimum technical and economic considerations, to instructions.


Trouble shooting (Level one)

  1. Recognising malfunctions, classifying them correctly and reacting properly (elimination or report).
  2. Recognising and interpreting malfunction warnings, alarm signals.


Operator qualifications

Qualified by assessment test
Completed professional training with technical background or equivalent additional training (e.g. machine operator, …) is to be recommended, incl. data processing skills

Alternative to professional training
Recommended is at least 1 year of practical experience in the area of machine operation for the beverage and packaging industry.