Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Description

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.

Tasks

  • Position deflector bars, gates, chutes, or spouts to divert flow of materials from one conveyor onto another conveyor.
  • Weigh or measure materials and products, using scales or other measuring instruments, or read scales on conveyors that continually weigh products, in order to verify specified tonnages and prevent overloads.
  • Manipulate controls, levers, and valves to start pumps, auxiliary equipment, or conveyors, and to adjust equipment positions, speeds, timing, and material flows.
  • Record production data such as weights, types, quantities, and storage locations of materials, as well as equipment performance problems and downtime.
  • Inform supervisors of equipment malfunctions that need to be addressed.
  • Clean, sterilize, and maintain equipment, machinery, and work stations, using hand tools, shovels, brooms, chemicals, hoses, and lubricants.
  • Observe conveyor operations and monitor lights, dials, and gauges, in order to maintain specified operating levels and to detect equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate elevator systems in conjunction with conveyor systems.
  • Read production and delivery schedules, and confer with supervisors, to determine sorting and transfer procedures, arrangement of packages on pallets, and destinations of loaded pallets.
  • Repair or replace equipment components or parts such as blades, rolls, and pumps.
  • Contact workers in work stations or other departments to request movement of materials, products, or machinery, or to notify them of incoming shipments and their estimated delivery times.
  • Stop equipment or machinery and clear jams, using poles, bars, and hand tools, or remove damaged materials from conveyors.
  • Collect samples of materials or products, checking them to ensure conformance to specifications or sending them to laboratories for analysis.
  • Load, unload, or adjust materials or products on conveyors by hand, by using lifts, hoists, and scoops, or by opening gates, chutes, or hoppers.
  • Operate consoles to control automatic palletizing equipment.
  • Affix identifying information to materials or products, using hand tools.
  • Distribute materials, supplies, and equipment to work stations, using lifts and trucks.
  • Move, assemble, and connect hoses or nozzles to material hoppers, storage tanks, conveyor sections or chutes, and pumps.
  • Observe packages moving along conveyors in order to identify packages and to detect defective packaging.
  • Measure dimensions of bundles, using rulers, and cut battens to required sizes, using power saws.
  • Press console buttons to deflect packages to predetermined accumulators or reject lines.
  • Join sections of conveyor frames at temporary working areas, and connect power units.
  • Thread strapping through strapping tools; then secure battens with strapping to form protective pallets around extrusions.

Skills

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.

Abilities

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.

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.
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

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.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
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.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
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.

Work Values

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Lay Titles

Aerial Tram Operator
Ash Conveyor Operator
Assembly Line Tender
Bander
Bark Belt Operator
Bed Operator
Belt Operator
Belt Tender
Beltman
Bin Tripper Operator
Boom Conveyor Operator
Break Down Operator
Brick Unloader Tender
Bull-Chain Operator
Cartoner Operator
Cement Loader
Chain Puller
Char Conveyor Tender
Chip Bin Conveyor Tender
Chip Bin Operator
Chip Loft Worker
Chip Unloader
Chipper Operator
Coke Loader
Conveyor Attendant
Conveyor Belt Operator
Conveyor Console Operator
Conveyor System Dispatcher
Conveyor System Operator
Cooker Loader
Debarker Operator
Denester Operator
Drier Take-Off Tender
Dryer Operator
Elevator Operator
Extraction Operator
Finishing Tracker
Forklift Operator
Fruit Distributor
Grain Elevator Operator
Grain Loader
Log Sorter Operator
Material Handler
Meal Loader
Milled Rubber Tender
Packing Line Operator
Palletizer Operator
Pneumatic System Conveyor Operator
Press Operator
Process Line Operator
Process Operator
Production Line Technician
Production Supply Equipment Tender
Profinish Line Helper
Silo Operator
Silo Tender
Sinter Feeder
Spout Tender
Stacker Tender
Tip-Out Worker
Tipple Operator
Tipple Tender
Transfer Operator
Trolley Operator
Unscrambler

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$14.24 hourly, $29,610 annual.
Employment (2008):
39,540 employees