Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

Description

Operate or tend machines to wash or clean products, such as barrels or kegs, glass items, tin plate, food, pulp, coal, plastic, or rubber, to remove impurities.

Tasks

  • Operate or tend machines to wash and remove impurities from items such as barrels or kegs, glass products, tin plate surfaces, dried fruit, pulp, animal stock, coal, manufactured articles, plastic, or rubber.
  • Add specified amounts of chemicals to equipment at required times to maintain solution levels and concentrations.
  • Drain, clean, and refill machines or tanks at designated intervals, using cleaning solutions or water.
  • Measure, weigh, or mix cleaning solutions, using measuring tanks, calibrated rods or suction tubes.
  • Draw samples for laboratory analysis, or test solutions for conformance to specifications, such as acidity or specific gravity.
  • Observe machine operations, gauges, or thermometers, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions.
  • Set controls to regulate temperature and length of cycles, and start conveyors, pumps, agitators, and machines.
  • Examine and inspect machines to detect malfunctions.
  • Record gauge readings, materials used, processing times, and/or test results in production logs.
  • Adjust, clean, and lubricate mechanical parts of machines, using hand tools and grease guns.
  • Load machines with objects to be processed, then unload objects after cleaning and place them on conveyors or racks.

Skills

Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
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.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

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

Acid Dipper
Agitator
Agricultural Produce Washer
Air Table Operator
Ampoule Washing Machine Operator
Bag Bleacher
Barrel Cleaner
Benzene Washer
Benzene Washer Operator
Benzol Operator
Benzol Still Operator
Blancher
Blanching Machine Operator
Bleach Boiler Filler
Bleach Machine Operator
Bleach Plant Operator
Bleacher
Bleacher Operator
Bleaching Machine Operator
Blow Pit Operator
Bottle Washer
Bottle Washing Machine Operator
Branner Machine Tender
Brass Pickler
Brown Stock Washer
Clean in Places Operator (CIP Operator)
Cleaning Machine Operator
Core Machine Operator
Coring Machine Operator
Date Pitter
Decker Operator
Definer
Deflash and Wash Operator
Degreaser
Degreaser Operator
Dehairer
Dehydrator
Delimer
Dip Lube Operator
Drencher
Dried Fruit Washer
Drifter
Dry Charge Process Attendant
Dust Collector Attendant
Electrode Cleaning Machine Operator
Equipment Cleaner
Filter Washer
Filter Washer and Presser
Flattening Press Operator
Fruit Washer
Furnace and Wash Equipment Operator
Glass Cleaner
Glass Cleaning Machine Tender
Ham Doctor
Ham Pumper
Immersion Metalcleaner
Keg Washer
Machine Container Washer
Machine Operator
Machine Silver Stripper
Machine Washer
Marble Cleaner
Meat Pickler
Meat Scrubber
Metal Cleaner
Metal Neutralizer
Metal Washing Machine Operator
Mold Polisher
Nitroglycerin Neutralizer
Oyster Washer
Paint Stripper
Pickle House Operator
Pickle Pumper
Pickler
Pickling Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$12.6 hourly, $26,210 annual.
Employment (2008):
16,050 employees