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

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
18,500 employed

Projected (2024):
18,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "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.


Alternate Titles:

  • Acid Dipper
  • Agitator
  • Agricultural Produce Washer
  • Air Table Operator
  • Ampoule Washing Machine Operator
  • Bag Bleacher
  • Barrel Cleaner
  • Benzene Washer
  • Benzene Washer Operator
  • Benzol Operator
  • Benzol Still Operator
  • Blancher
  • Blanching Machine Operator
  • Bleach Boiler Filler
  • Bleach Machine Operator
  • Bleach Plant Operator
  • Bleacher
  • Bleacher Operator
  • Bleaching Machine Operator
  • Blow Pit Operator
  • Bottle Washer
  • Bottle Washing Machine Operator
  • Branner Machine Tender
  • Brass Pickler
  • Brown Stock Washer
  • Clean in Places Operator (CIP Operator)
  • Cleaning Machine Operator
  • Core Machine Operator
  • Coring Machine Operator
  • Date Pitter
  • Decker Operator
  • Definer
  • Deflash and Wash Operator
  • Degreaser
  • Degreaser Operator
  • Dehairer
  • Dehydrator
  • Delimer
  • Dip Lube Operator
  • Drencher
  • Dried Fruit Washer
  • Drifter
  • Dry Charge Process Attendant
  • Dust Collector Attendant
  • Electrode Cleaning Machine Operator
  • Equipment Cleaner
  • Filter Washer
  • Filter Washer and Presser
  • Flattening Press Operator
  • Fruit Washer
  • Furnace and Wash Equipment Operator
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaning Machine Tender
  • Ham Doctor
  • Ham Pumper
  • Immersion Metal Cleaner
  • Immersion Metalcleaner
  • Keg Washer
  • Machine Container Washer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Silver Stripper
  • Machine Washer
  • Marble Cleaner
  • Meat Pickler
  • Meat Scrubber
  • Metal Cleaner
  • Metal Neutralizer
  • Metal Pickling Equipment Operator
  • Metal Washing Machine Operator
  • Mold Polisher
  • Nitroglycerin Neutralizer
  • Oyster Washer
  • Paint Stripper
  • Pickle House Operator
  • Pickle Pumper
  • Pickler
  • Pickling Operator
  • Pickling Solution Maker
  • Pickling Tank Operator
  • Pigs Feet Cleaner
  • Precipitate Washer
  • Press Operator
  • Pressroom Worker
  • Pressroom Worker, Fat
  • Production Sanitizer
  • Production Washer
  • Pulp Bleacher
  • Rotary Drum Tanner
  • Rubber Washer
  • Sanitation Tank Washer
  • Sanitation Technician
  • Sanitizer
  • Scalder
  • Scrub Wheel Operator
  • Scrubber Machine Tender
  • Scrubber Operator
  • Semiconductor Wafers Cleaning Machine Tender
  • Shellfish Processing Machine Tender
  • Soda Room Operator
  • Steamer
  • Tank Washer
  • Trommel Tender
  • Tub Room Attendant
  • Tub Wash Operator
  • Tub Washer
  • Tubber
  • Tumbling Machine Operator
  • Vegetable Washer
  • Vegetable Washing Machine Operator
  • Vein Pumper
  • Wafer Cleaner
  • Wash Crew Person
  • Wash Helper
  • Wash Mill Operator
  • Wash Tank Tender
  • Washer
  • Washer Engineer
  • Washhouse Hand
  • Washhouse Worker
  • Washing Machine Operator
  • Washroom Operator
  • Wheat Cleaner
  • Wheat Washer
  • Wool Washer
  • Yeast Washer


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Adjustable handwrenches
  • Air purifying respirators
  • Calibrated measuring rods
  • Clean in place CIP systems
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Conveyor systems
  • Electric pallet jacks
  • Eye protection
  • Floor scrubbers
  • Foamers
  • Grease dispensing guns
  • Hearing protection plugs
  • High speed buffers
  • Hydro blasting equipment
  • Machine thermometers
  • Measuring tanks
  • Multipurpose hammers
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Personal computers
  • Safety gloves
  • Scissor lifts
  • Steam lines
  • Suction hoses
  • Vacuum trucks
  • Water agitators
  • Water pumps
  • Wet mops
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220