Are you looking for a fulfilling career with great pay, benefits, and opportunity for advancement?


The light industrial sector might be just right for you. But what exactly is light industrial work?

We turned to the pundits over at Wikipedia for a great definition: 

Light industry are industries that usually are less capital-intensive than heavy industry and are more consumer-oriented than business-oriented, as they typically produce smaller consumer goods. Most light industry products are produced for end users rather than as intermediates for use by other industries. Light industry facilities typically have less environmental impact than those associated with heavy industry. For that reason zoning laws are more likely to permit light industry near residential areas.

One definition states that light industry is a “manufacturing activity that uses moderate amounts of partially processed materials to produce items of relatively high value per unit weight.”

That’s a pretty good high-level definition. But in this post, we’re going to drill down into the nitty-gritty details of light industrial employment—and we’re going to look deeper into the light industrial sector overall. Here’s what we’re going to cover:



If you’re looking for light industrial temp staffing, we can help. We’re ready to source and hire the staff and employees you need when you need them. We provide staffing and employment solutions for employer requirements of all sizes and scopes. Whatever you’re dealing with, we’ve probably seen it before.

At Westside Personnel Services, we are laser-focused on identifying, qualifying, and implementing the perfect staffing solution for our clients and candidates. Our goal is to empower our clients so they can focus on growing their businesses. Since 1994 Westside Personnel has been an industry leader in light industrial staffing services.


Interested in hearing more? Give our industrial staffing agency a call at 636-349-9378, or get in touch with us online today.


What are some typical light industrial jobs?

The work environment is most often in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and factories, and we have excellent entry-level and advanced skills jobs currently available in the Pacific and Fenton areas.

So let’s look at some of the positions that employers are looking to fill.



These jobs cross a very broad spectrum, but there are some commonalities. Assemblers and fabricators generally assemble component products that ultimately end up in another manufactured product. Assemblers are typically responsible for a piece of the assembly of a larger component. Assembly workers are the backbone of every light industrial manufacturing company.

These jobs can be repetitive. You will also need to be in good physical condition, capable of standing for long periods of time and enjoy problem-solving. There are typically opportunities for advancement, especially in Production Associate and Quality Assurance jobs.


Machine Operators

Machine and robotics operations jobs are close cousins to assembly positions. These manufacturing pros run the machines that are essential to the manufacturing process. These include presses, laser and mechanical cutting machines, drilling and boring machinery, etc. 

These jobs can require entry-level, up to advanced levels, of skills. And they can provide very fulfilling careers.


Packaging, Materials Handling, and Logistics Jobs

Packaging is a world all its own. The goods produced in light industrial facilities must always be assembled and then efficiently, carefully, packaged, and shipped to their final destination on time. This final destination is often a large manufacturing plant, for example, an automotive or aircraft plant.

Finished products must be meticulously packaged for safe transport and shipping. Packaging is a critical component of the light industrial manufacturing process—and this need creates some great job opportunities.

Materials are constantly moving in and out of the warehouse to keep manufacturing lines running. Finished goods are continually hitting the packaging lines, which are always humming.

Packaging jobs can be highly challenging and rewarding. 


Forklift and Warehouse Logistics Jobs

With materials and products constantly moving in and out of a manufacturing facility, there are always requirements for logistics jobs. Forklift and mechanical equipment operators are always in demand in the light industrial space.

These cool jobs can be great career opportunities in their own right, with PTO and other benefits. They can also provide excellent opportunities for advancement.


How to get a light industrial manufacturing job


Many light industrial jobs are available with no licenses, formal education, or certification requirements.  

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

How to Become an Assembler or Fabricator

The education and qualifications typically needed to enter these occupations vary by industry and employer. Although a high school diploma is enough for most jobs, (on the job) experience and training are needed for advanced assembly work.


What is the pay range?

At Westside Personnel Services, we have plenty of jobs currently available. Pay typically ranges from $13 to $26 an hour. Final compensation and benefits depend on the position and the skill level. Some additional benefits can include:

  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Days (PTO)
  • Holiday Pay 
  • Medical And Dental Insurance
  • Tuition
  • OSHA/Safety Training (Keeps You Safe And Looks Great On A Resume!)
  • Quality PPE
  • Referral Bonuses (Help Us Find More Great Employees Like You And Get A Bonus!)

What does a day in the life of a light industrial worker look like?

Light industrial workers are the foundation of the companies they work for. These valuable employees often wear multiple hats, enjoy physically and mentally challenging work, have great problem-solving skills, and have some excellent opportunities for advancement.

There are often opportunities for shift work, great benefits, bonuses, and promotion incentives as well.  


Where do you go to get started?

That’s the easy part. Give one of our professional recruiters a call at 636-349-9378.

We’ll help you with interview coaching, resume prep, and a warm handoff to an interview with a great company.


Start charting your career course today.

Westside Personnel Services connects you with companies offering light industrial jobs, manufacturing jobs, warehouse jobs, and more. Tell us what you’re looking for—maybe the flexibility of temporary job opportunities? Or temp-to-hire positions where you can show off your skills on the job? We are the staffing agency that can put you in touch with active hiring managers at companies throughout Fenton and Pacific, MO.

At Westside, we are relentless in identifying, qualifying, and delivering the best solutions for our clients and candidates. And since 1994, Westside Personnel has been unsurpassed in bringing the best available light industrial talent to all of our clients.

Here’s what candidates can expect when they engage with us:

  • Find the job that’s just right for you
  • Connect with top area employers
  • Access to private, unposted jobs  
  • Great compensation and benefits!

Why Work With Westside Personnel Services?

We want to help you with your career goals. If you’re looking for a new opportunity, you may wonder if it makes sense to work with a staffing agency. Partnering with a light industrial staffing agency is like having an agent with insider business access.


We Know Employers

We have worked extensively with our employer-partners for many years. We know what hiring managers are looking for, and we understand their corporate culture. Our primary objective is to place you with the right employer, in a position that matches your skills and career goals.


Apply Once—Access Dozens of Light Industrial Jobs

That’s right, a one & done application strategy. You only submit your information once, regardless of how many jobs you want to track. You can even set up a job alert with your preferences and get an email when a position becomes available.


Get Access to Unadvertised Jobs

When companies are hiring, they don’t always have the time to advertise open positions or engage in the lengthy recruiting and hiring process. They trust our team of experts to find fully vetted candidates, just like you, who are ready to go to work. 

And Since you’re a Westside Personnel employee, we want to make sure you’re getting the benefits you deserve. That’s why we offer a range of benefits like health insurance. But that’s not all you’ll get as a Westside employee. Here are some additional perks:

  • Work 1800 hours in a year, and you’ll earn vacation and holiday pay
  • Refer a friend, and we’ll pay you a $100.00 bonus once they work 150 hours

Start Your Light Industrial Career in Pacific or Fenton, MO Today

Our specialized industrial staffing agencies in Pacific and Fenton, Missouri are committed to providing exceptional employment services for talented job seekers like you. Take the first step in your light industrial career by contacting the manufacturing recruiters from Westside Personnel!