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What is Light Industrial Work and What Skills are Required?

December 14, 2015

When a job seeker sees the term “light industrial,” they may imagine huge industries, complicated machines, hardhats and a lot of physical labor. Although these jobs are in the industrial sector, meaning they have to do with manufacturing, there are other positions that do not require using heavy machinery, much physical strength or extensive skill sets.

Some of the jobs include:

  • Warehouse
  • Production 
  • Order fulfillment, packaging and shipping
  • Maintenance
  • Assembly 

For people with more experience and specific types of training, other options include driving a forklift or other light machinery, welding, food item production and printing and binding work. In some states, welding and forklift driving require certification and licenses.

Having a strong work ethic and the ability to self motivate are a must. You will not have a supervisor hanging over you to make sure you do everything on time every day. After a training period, you will be solely responsible for getting the job done properly and on time.

In many light industrial settings, your rate of speed and ability to get a task done on time directly affects other workers and their ability to complete their responsibilities. This is especially true for warehouse work and production line positions. 

Although most of these positions do not require much physical strength, you may be required to lift a certain number of pounds safely in order to do the job. Some of these positions may require you to be on your feet walking around for a large part of the day.

Most positions require the ability to do simple mathematics, read, write and understand English, while others require the skill and understanding to operate necessary computer programs and machinery.

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