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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.   (O'Net 53-7061.00)

Reported job titles:   Aircraft Cabin Cleaner, Aircraft Cleaner, Airplane Cleaner, Apparatus Cleaner, Apron Cleaner, Assembly Cleaner, Auto Cleaner, Auto Detailer, Auto Polisher, Auto Porter, Auto Wash Buffer, Auto Washer, Automat Car Attendant, Automatic Car Wash Attendant, Automobile Detailer, Automotive Detailer, Automotive Porter, Barrel Cleaner, Barrel Washer, Beer Coil Cleaner, Bell Cleaner, Belt Cleaner, Bin Cleaner, Blanket Washer, Blow Off Worker, Boat Detailer, Boat Washer, Body Cleaner, Boiler Blower, Boiler Cleaner, Boiler Tube Blower, Boiler Washer, Book Cleaner, Booth Cleaner, Bottle Cleaner, Box Car Washer, Box Truck Washer, Brick Cleaner, Brush Cleaner, Can Cleaner, Can Washer, Car Carder, Car Cleaner, Car Conditioner, Car Cooper, Car Detailer, Car Dryer, Car Groomer, Car Scrubber, Car Sweeper, Car Wash Attendant, Car Washer, Car Wiper, Casing Cleaner, Casting Cleaner, Casting Machine Service Operator, Catch Basin Cleaner, Cell Cleaner, Cesspool Cleaner, Char Puller, Cleaning Technician, Coach Cleaner, Coke Still Cleaner, Condenser Cleaner, Conduit Cleaner, Container Washer, Cooker Cleaner, Core Cleaner, Curve Cleaner, Cutch Cleaner, Delta System Freight Car Cleaner, Detail, Detail Technician, Detailer, Die Cleaner, Dishwashing Machine Operator, Distributor Cleaner, Drain Cleaner, Drum Cleaner, Electrode Cleaner, Engine Cleaner, Engine Wiper, Equipment Cleaner, Equipment or Machinery Cleaner, Filter Changer, Filter Cleaner, Filter Screen Cleaner, Filter Washer, Flask Cleaner, Flue Blower, Flue Cleaner, Flusher, Freight Car Cleaner, Furnace Cleaner, Furniture Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Globe Cleaner, Grit Blaster, Harness Brusher, Harness Cleaner, Hydroblaster, Jet Handler, Kerrick Kleaner Operator, Kettle Cleaner, Kiln Cleaner, Laboratory Equipment Cleaner, Ladle Cleaner, Lamp Cleaner, Last Cleaner, Latrine Cleaner, Lingo Cleaner, Loom Blower, Loom Cleaner, Lot Technician, Machine Cleaner, Machine Wiper, Machinery Cleaner, Mill Washer, Millstone Cleaner, Mold Cleaner, Mold Preparer, Mold Sheet Cleaner, Net Washer, New Car Make Ready Worker, Oil Tank Car Cleaner, Pan Cleaner, Pan Washer, Pencils Washer, Photo Mask Cleaner, Plate Cleaner, Plateman, Polisher, Press Cleaner, Press Washer, Pressure Washer, Rack Washer, Rail Washer, Railroad Car Cleaner, Reconditioner, Reed Cleaner, Roll Cleaner, Roll Picker, Roller Cleaner, Roller Picker, Rotor Plate Washer, Salvager, Sand Blaster, Sandblaster, Sanitation Truck Cleaner, Sanitation Worker, Sanitation Worker, Cleaning Equipment, Sanitation Worker, Cleaning Machinery, Sanitation Worker, Hosing Docks and Pens, Sanitation Worker, Hosing Machinery, Saw Cleaner, Scraper, Screen Cleaner, Screen Tender Helper, Sewage Disposal Worker, Shaker Washer, Shield Cleaner, Ship Cleaner, Ship Washer, Signs Cleaner, Simonizer, Smoking Pipes Cleaner, Soapstoner, Spinneret Cleaner, Spinning Frame Cleaner, Stator Plate Washer, Steam Cleaner, Steamer, Stem Dryer Maintainer, Sterilizer, Still Cleaner, Stone Cleaner, Stove Cleaner, Suction Plate Carrier Cleaner, Switch Cleaner, Tack Cleaner, Talcer, Tank Car Cleaner, Tank Cleaner, Tank Processor, Telephone Cleaner, Telephone Sterilizer, Tower Cleaner, Trolley Cleaner, Truck Cleaner, Truck, Car, and Bus Cleaner, Tub Washer, Tube Blower, Tube Cleaner, Tube Washer, Used Car Lot Porter, Used Car Make Ready Worker, Used Car Renovator, Vat Cleaner, Vat Washer, Vehicle and Equipment Cleaner, Vehicle Washer, Wagon Washer, Wash and Greaser, Wash Rack Operator, Wash Worker, Washer, Washroom Cleaner, Water Filter Cleaner, Wheel Cleaner, Wiper
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.37   $ 11.23   $ 13.07   $ 15.48   $ 18.00   $ 13.61  
    Yearly $21,570   $23,360   $27,180   $32,200   $37,450   $28,300  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.48   $ 11.36   $ 13.18   $ 15.29   $ 18.75   $ 13.83  
    Yearly $21,790   $23,620   $27,420   $31,810   $38,990   $28,770  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.20   $ 10.92   $ 12.16   $ 14.81   $ 17.49   $ 13.07  
    Yearly $21,220   $22,710   $25,300   $30,790   $36,390   $27,190  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.46   $ 11.49   $ 13.87   $ 16.20   $ 17.86   $ 13.87  
    Yearly $21,750   $23,890   $28,850   $33,700   $37,150   $28,850  
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    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 591 623 0.5% 87
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Repair and maintenance 39.6%
    Motor vehicle and parts dealers 25.2%
    Rental and leasing services 5.5%
    Food manufacturing 5.2%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 4.2%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Clean and polish vehicle windows.
  • Scrub, scrape, or spray machine parts, equipment, or vehicles, using scrapers, brushes, clothes, cleaners, disinfectants, insecticides, acid, abrasives, vacuums, or hoses.
  • Apply paints, dyes, polishes, reconditioners, waxes, or masking materials to vehicles to preserve, protect, or restore color or condition.
  • Inspect parts, equipment, or vehicles for cleanliness, damage, and compliance with standards or regulations.
  • Maintain inventories of supplies.
  • Press buttons to activate cleaning equipment or machines.
  • Monitor operation of cleaning machines and stop machines or notify supervisors when malfunctions occur.
  • Mix cleaning solutions, abrasive compositions, or other compounds, according to formulas.
  • Turn valves or handles on equipment to regulate pressure or flow of water, air, steam, or abrasives from sprayer nozzles.
  • Rinse objects and place them on drying racks or use cloth, squeegees, or air compressors to dry surfaces.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

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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.
  • 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.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • 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.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

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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: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • 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.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment  updated July 2013

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