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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.   (O'Net 51-9192.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Tub Washer, Tubber, Tumbling Machine Operator, Vegetable Washer, Vegetable Washing Machine Operator, Vein Pumper   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.23   $ 10.97   $ 12.21   $ 14.33   $ 16.33   $ 13.08  
    Yearly $21,290   $22,820   $25,390   $29,810   $33,960   $27,210  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 9.61   $ 11.67   $ 14.36   $ 17.59   $ 25.97   $ 15.47  
    Yearly $19,980   $24,270   $29,860   $36,580   $54,010   $32,170  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.58   $ 13.36   $ 15.59   $ 19.29   $ 22.96   $ 16.35  
    Yearly $24,090   $27,800   $32,440   $40,130   $47,770   $34,010  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 32 37 1.5% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Food manufacturing 45.5%
    Fabricated metal product manufacturing 21.0%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 8.9%
    Chemical manufacturing 3.4%
    Primary metal manufacturing 3.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


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