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What is it like to work as a temporary worker in a long-term manufacturing general labor production job opportunity?

At SURESTAFF, we are dedicated to finding the right job opportunity, empowering individuals to achieve personal career goals.  Our SURESTAFF staffing agency offers numerous long-term job opportunities for people seeking to build a career in light industrial (manufacturing, warehouse, distribution centers).  Have you ever asked yourself, what is it like to work as a temporary associate in manufacturing or a warehouse setting?  The beauty about a career in a manufacturing or warehouse setting is that experience is not always required! Warehouse and distribution center workers are assigned to handle various tasks that involve producing, handling and managing goods and products as they enter and exit warehouses and distribution centers.

What is a long-term opportunity as a general laborer in light industrial?

SURESTAFF offers various long-term general labor job opportunities throughout the Chicagoland area in Illinois as well as Indiana and Wisconsin.  Long-term job opportunities can be of a part-time or full-time nature.  This means that part-time workers who work less than 40 hours a week can also take advantage of temporary, long-term job opportunities in the light industrial and production settings.  Being a full-time general labor staff/employee requires that individuals work 40 hours or more.  In addition, long-term job opportunities last beyond six weeks, or 1,000 hours in a twelve-month period either as a part-time or full-time employee.

What are the job roles performed by general labor light industrial associates?

The job roles associated with general labor associates includes operating various tools, machinery, and equipment to produce goods and materials.  Follow instructions and adhere to all plant safety guidelines, policies, and procedures.  Maintain a clean work area throughout the shift to ensure a safe work environment.  Prepare and maintain materials and equipment at the start, during, and end of production.  Work with the entire production team to assist with manufacturing products from beginning to end. Ensures that all completed products are packaged and materials are correct according to product specifications.

What are the requirements for becoming a long-term general labor associate?

Previous manufacturing experience is a plus however, not required.  Must have attention to detail and safety/compliance. Demonstrate good communication skills, problem-solving skills, and sound judgement. Ability to work overtime as needed.

What is the average salary for a general labor light industrial associate?

The average hourly salary range is $10-$17 per hour, depending on the position requirements and location of the job. Warehouse jobs in Chicago, for example, have a higher average pay rate because cost of living is higher than surrounding suburbs such as East Dundee, Huntley, and DeKalb.

How is performance measured?

A warehouse manager will set specific and personal KPIs (key performance indicators) that will measure job performance such as the items produced, picked or packed per man/woman per hour, replenishment or raw material per man/woman per hour.  Volume received per man/woman per hour.  Time taken to produce each order/goods/inventory or cycle time.  These metrics are usually tracked in real time using an inventory control system so managers are able to access employee and team performance quickly.  Other performance measures include adherence to safety standards, attendance, and willingness to work as a team.

Career path/growth opportunities within light industrial as a long term general labor associate?

Warehouse and distribution center entry level general labor positions can be a path to growth and new career opportunities.  Training and certifications through entry-level positions can lead to a managerial role.  General labor material handler associates is one such entry level opportunity that can transform into a bigger role within a warehouse/distribution center.  Material movers/handlers take charge of moving goods and freight.  Material movers/handlers use equipment such as forklifts and pallet jacks to facilitate the movement of inventory, and accept deliveries from trucks. A material mover, assists in packing and loading goods as well as maintaining warehouse layouts.

General labor associated are essential to the supply chain management and help process products, and manage inventory.  Certifications may help propel an entry level associate to a warehouse managerial position.  In many cases, warehouse managers need certifications to operate heavy equipment like forklifts and aerial lifts. Certification accreditation requires a combination of a written exam and a practical test. Many employers provide these certification programs regularly and it helps to inquire about the possibilities.

Job trends 2021 outlook

According to hiringlab.org, most labor market measures are more than halfway back to pre-pandemic levels.  America still faces a long road back to economic recovery despite the strong rebound. The coronavirus recession was different from other downturns, with service jobs suffering most and much of the job loss temporary.  The rebound of the 2021 labor market depends on the path of the virus, politics and policy in the new administration.  The “Buy American” federal initiative will help ensure that manufacturing jobs remain an integral part of our economic system.

How to find warehouse jobs and what you will need to be become a general labor associate

For job opportunities in light industrial, warehouse, or distribution center, please contact one of our locations in Illinois, Indiana or Wisconsin or call 1-833-SURE-WORK or 833-787-3967.