Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

Description

Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

Tasks

  • Inspect parts, equipment, or vehicles for cleanliness, damage, and compliance with standards or regulations.
  • Scrub, scrape, or spray machine parts, equipment, or vehicles, using scrapers, brushes, clothes, cleaners, disinfectants, insecticides, acid, abrasives, vacuums, or hoses.
  • Mix cleaning solutions, abrasive compositions, or other compounds, according to formulas.
  • Press buttons to activate cleaning equipment or machines.
  • Clean and polish vehicle windows.
  • Rinse objects and place them on drying racks or use cloth, squeegees, or air compressors to dry surfaces.
  • Drive vehicles to or from workshops or customers' workplaces or homes.
  • Turn valves or handles on equipment to regulate pressure or flow of water, air, steam, or abrasives from sprayer nozzles.
  • Pre-soak or rinse machine parts, equipment, or vehicles by immersing objects in cleaning solutions or water, manually or using hoists.
  • Lubricate machinery, vehicles, or equipment or perform minor repairs or adjustments, using hand tools.
  • Monitor operation of cleaning machines and stop machines or notify supervisors when malfunctions occur.
  • Disassemble and reassemble machines or equipment or remove and reattach vehicle parts or trim, using hand tools.
  • Connect hoses or lines to pumps or other equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of supplies.
  • Apply paints, dyes, polishes, reconditioners, waxes, or masking materials to vehicles to preserve, protect, or restore color or condition.
  • Turn valves or disconnect hoses to eliminate water, cleaning solutions, or vapors from machinery or tanks.
  • Sweep, shovel, or vacuum loose debris or salvageable scrap into containers and remove containers from work areas.
  • Transport materials, equipment, or supplies to or from work areas, using carts or hoists.
  • Collect and test samples of cleaning solutions or vapors.
  • Clean the plastic work inside cars, using paintbrushes.
  • Fit boot spoilers, side skirts, or mud flaps to cars.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Mathematical Reasoning
The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Leadership
Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Aircraft Cabin Cleaner
Aircraft Cleaner
Airplane Cleaner
Apparatus Cleaner
Apron Cleaner
Assembly Cleaner
Auto Cleaner
Auto Detailer
Auto Polisher
Auto Porter
Auto Wash Buffer
Auto Washer
Automat Car Attendant
Automatic Car Wash Attendant
Automobile Detailer
Automotive Detailer
Automotive Porter
Barrel Cleaner
Barrel Washer
Beer Coil Cleaner
Bell Cleaner
Belt Cleaner
Bin Cleaner
Blanket Washer
Blow Off Worker
Boat Detailer
Boat Washer
Body Cleaner
Boiler Blower
Boiler Cleaner
Boiler Tube Blower
Boiler Washer
Book Cleaner
Booth Cleaner
Bottle Cleaner
Box Car Washer
Box Truck Washer
Brick Cleaner
Brush Cleaner
Bus Cleaner
Bus Washer
Can Cleaner
Can Washer
Car Carder
Car Cleaner
Car Conditioner
Car Cooper
Car Detailer
Car Dryer
Car Groomer
Car Scrubber
Car Sweeper
Car Wash Attendant
Car Washer
Car Wiper
Casing Cleaner
Casting Cleaner
Casting Machine Service Operator
Catch Basin Cleaner
Cell Cleaner
Cesspool Cleaner
Char Puller
Cleaner
Cleaning Technician
Coach Cleaner
Coke Still Cleaner
Condenser Cleaner
Conduit Cleaner
Container Washer
Cooker Cleaner
Core Cleaner
Curve Cleaner
Cutch Cleaner
Delta System Freight Car Cleaner
Detailer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$9.54 hourly, $19,850 annual.
Employment (2008):
302,960 employees