Summary Report for:
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
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
- 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, 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 and unload them after cleaning, placing them on conveyors or racks.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable handwrenches
- Calibrating tanks — Measuring tanks
- Cleaning scrapers
- Conveyor system — Conveyor systems
- Ear plugs — Hearing protection plugs
- Floor scrubbers
- Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts
- Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns
- Hammers — Multipurpose hammers
- Hand sprayers — Foamers
- Laboratory stirring rods — Calibrated measuring rods
- Mixers or agitators — Water agitators
- Pallet trucks — Electric pallet jacks
- Personal computers
- Pipe and tube cleaning machine — Clean in place CIP systems
- Power buffers — High speed buffers
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Hydro blasting equipment; Steam lines
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Respirators — Air purifying respirators
- Safety glasses — Eye protection
- Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts
- Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers
- Temperature regulators — Machine thermometers
- Vacuum hose — Suction hoses
- Vacuum truck — Vacuum trucks
- Water pumps
- Wet mops
Technology used in this occupation:
- Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- 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.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Detailed Work Activities
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
- Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
- Monitor instruments to ensure proper production conditions.
- Record operational or production data.
- Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
- Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
- Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
- Inspect production equipment.
- Load materials into production equipment.
- Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
- Clean production equipment.
- Operate pumping systems or equipment.
- Apply solutions to production equipment.
- Lubricate production equipment.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 76% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 39% responded “More than half the time.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 40% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 20% responded “Occasional contact with others.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 57% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 31% responded “More than half the time.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 33% responded “Never.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 18% responded “Limited responsibility.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 14% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 27% responded “Never.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|54||High school diploma or equivalent|
|38||Less than high school diploma|
|6||Some college, no degree|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$12.94 hourly, $26,910 annual|
|Employment (2014)||19,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||4,900|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.