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51-9192.00 - Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Clean in Places Operator (CIP Operator), Equipment Cleaner, Machine Operator, Pickle House Operator, Sanitation Technician, Sanitizer, Tank Washer, Tub Wash Operator, Tub Washer, Wash Crew Person

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

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. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Add specified amounts of chemicals to equipment at required times to maintain solution levels and concentrations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drain, clean, and refill machines or tanks at designated intervals, using cleaning solutions or water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, weigh, or mix cleaning solutions, using measuring tanks, calibrated rods or suction tubes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draw samples for laboratory analysis, or test solutions for conformance to specifications, such as acidity or specific gravity. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe machine operations, gauges, or thermometers, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set controls to regulate temperature and length of cycles, and start conveyors, pumps, agitators, and machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and inspect machines to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record gauge readings, materials used, processing times, or test results in production logs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust, clean, and lubricate mechanical parts of machines, using hand tools and grease guns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load machines with objects to be processed and unload them after cleaning, placing them on conveyors or racks. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable handwrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrating tanks — Measuring tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor system — Conveyor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Hearing protection plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor scrubbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Multipurpose hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Foamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory stirring rods — Calibrated measuring rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mixers or agitators — Water agitators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Electric pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe and tube cleaning machine — Clean in place CIP systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — High speed buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Hydro blasting equipment; Steam lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Eye protection See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature regulators — Machine thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum hose — Suction hoses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum truck — Vacuum trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wet mops See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply solutions to production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 39% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 40% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 20% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 57% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 31% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 33% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 18% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 14% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 27% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
54   High school diploma or equivalent Help
38   Less than high school diploma
6   Some college, no degree

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.94 hourly, $26,910 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 16,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 3,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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