What Do Cleaning, Washing and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders Do

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Cleaning, Washing and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders

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.

Salary
$34600
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth
Low

Personality





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What they do

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.

  • Add specified amounts of chemicals to equipment at required times to maintain solution levels and concentrations.
  • 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.
  • Draw samples for laboratory analysis, or test solutions for conformance to specifications, such as acidity or specific gravity.

Typical day

  • On a daily basis, Cleaning Equipment Operators adjust, clean, and lubricate mechanical parts of machines, using hand tools and grease guns. They load machines with objects to be processed and unload them after cleaning, placing them on conveyors or racks.

    • Measure, weigh, or mix cleaning solutions, using measuring tanks, calibrated rods, or suction tubes.
    • Drain, clean, and refill machines or tanks at designated intervals, using cleaning solutions or water.
    • Add specified amounts of chemicals to equipment at required times to maintain solution levels and concentrations.
    • Observe machine operations, gauges, or thermometers, and adjust controls to maintain specified conditions.
    • 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.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Cleaning Equipment Operators also add specified amounts of chemicals to equipment at required times to maintain solution levels and concentrations. They may also measure, weigh, or mix cleaning solutions, using measuring tanks, calibrated rods, or suction tubes.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Cleaning Equipment Operators draw samples for laboratory analysis, or test solutions for conformance to specifications, such as acidity or specific gravity. They might also drain, clean, and refill machines or tanks at designated intervals, using cleaning solutions or water.

In addition, they record gauge readings, materials used, processing times, or test results in production logs.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them examine and inspect machines to detect malfunctions.

To some Cleaning Equipment Operators, it is also their responsibility to 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.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
20%

Very little freedom
13%

Limited freedom
18%

Some freedom
18%

A lot of freedom
31%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
8%

Very little freedom
20%

Limited freedom
24%

Some freedom
17%

A lot of freedom
31%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who value relationships between co-workers and customers and want to work in a friendly non-competitive environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

Demand for this career is not growing.

Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week).

How much do they make

Average salary

$34600 per year

Average hourly wage

$17 per hour

Entry-level Cleaning, Washing and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $24,060 to $27,720 per year or $12 to $13 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $24 $49,740
Senior (Top 25%) $19 $39,750
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $32,230
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $27,720
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $24,060

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
0%

40 hours
72%

More than 40 hours
28%

Working schedule

96%

4%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
0%

Important
34%

Very important
21%

Extremely important
45%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
92%

Fairly important
2%

Important
0%

Very important
0%

Extremely important
6%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
24%

Fairly important
18%

Important
15%

Very important
24%

Extremely important
20%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
5%

Every day
0%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
10%

Every day
7%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
48%

Every day
43%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
55%

Once a year
12%

Once a month
15%

Once a week
18%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
30%

Once a year
27%

Once a month
23%

Once a week
3%

Every day
18%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
25%

Once a year
20%

Once a month
29%

Once a week
23%

Every day
3%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
95%

Once a year
5%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
60%

Slightly competitive
0%

Moderately competitive
16%

Highly competitive
18%

Extremely competitive
6%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
23%

Fairly important
18%

Important
0%

Very Important
46%

Extremely Important
12%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
21%

Minor impact
7%

Moderate impact
21%

Important impact
1%

Very important impact
50%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
25%

Once a year
19%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
21%

Every day
35%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
0%

Limited responsibility
24%

Moderate responsibility
16%

High responsibility
38%

Very high responsibility
23%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
15%

Limited responsibility
16%

Moderate responsibility
58%

High responsibility
4%

Very high responsibility
8%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
25%

Once a year or more
15%

Once a month or more
21%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
40%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
22%

Once a year or more
18%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
21%

Every day
39%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
45%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
12%

Once a week or more
40%

Every day
2%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
84%

Once a year or more
3%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
13%

Every day
0%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
32%

High School Diploma or equivalent
60%

Post-Secondary Certificate
1%

Some College Courses
4%

Associate’s Degree or similar
4%

Bachelor’s Degree
0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
53%

1 month
2%

1 to 3 months
1%

3 to 6 months
14%

6 months to 1 year
0%

1 to 2 years
22%

2 to 4 years
4%

4 to 6 years
4%

6 to 8 years
0%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
28%

1 month
5%

1 to 3 months
24%

3 to 6 months
14%

6 months to 1 year
29%

1 to 2 years
0%

2 to 4 years
0%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

100%

19%

14%

14%

19%

38%

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People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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