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53-7061.00 - Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

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

Sample of reported job titles: Aircraft Cleaner, Auto Detailer, Automobile Detailer, Automotive Detailer, Car Detailer, Car Washer, Detail, Detailer, Reconditioner, Sanitation Truck Cleaner

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

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors — Portable air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air dryers — Air blowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carpet cleaning equipment — Carpet dirt extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning brushes — Dashboard brushes; Tire brushes; Upholstery cleaning brushes; Vent brushes (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gas powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns — Hot air guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Vehicle hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Pneumatic sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polishing wheels — Car polishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Power finish buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Foam wash guns; Pressure washers; Steam cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squeegees or washers — Vehicle squeegees See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Paint thickness gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Digital tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners — Car vacuums See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water hoses — High pressure water hoses See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Calendar and scheduling software — BookFresh; Thoughtful Systems Scheduling Manager for Auto Detailing See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Bella Solutions Auto Detailing Service Software; Green Cloud KleanTRAC See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspect motor vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive passenger vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor engine operation or functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples for analysis or testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean vehicles or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove debris or damaged materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean machinery or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Acquire supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shovel materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% 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.
  • Time Pressure — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 50% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 38% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 31% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 36% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 30% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 27% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 41% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 74% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 34% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 30% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 38% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” 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
52   High school diploma or equivalent Help
34   Less than high school diploma
14   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.

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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) $9.94 hourly, $20,670 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 325,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 126,300
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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