Sorters are responsible for grading, sorting and organizing items, food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color or condition. They will operate production-line equipment and sort items on a conveyor belt, load items onto trollies and ensure the factory is kept organized and clean.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers
  • Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel
  • Discard inferior or defective products or foreign matter and place acceptable products for further processing
  • Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width and appearance
  • Record grade identification numbers on tags on shipping, receiving or sales sheets
  • Ensure material flow is kept and bring any issues to the supervisor’s attention
  • Keep workstations clean of all debris
  • Maintain orderly workstations
  • Follow all health and safety regulations
  • Monitor machines and equipment and adjust if necessary

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • agricultural mechanics
  • mathematics
  • English

Education/Training Required:

A high school diploma is required for a career as a sorter.

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