Education & Training
To work as a production helper, you typically need to:
- complete short-term on-the-job training.
Education after high school
No formal education is required for this occupation. However, many employers prefer that you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Production helpers get training on the job from an experienced worker. During training, you learn to:
- use equipment necessary for the job;
- load and unload materials; and
- clean and prepare work sites.
Training may last from a few hours to one month.
Related Programs (Current training programs available)
- Agricultural and Food Products Processing.
- Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
- Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies, Other
Helpful High School Courses
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this occupation include:
- Manufacturing Systems
- Physical Education
The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.
You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.