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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Adjust, clean, and lubricate mechanical parts of machines, using hand tools and grease guns.
    • Drain, clean, and refill machines or tanks at designated intervals, using cleaning solutions or water.
    • 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.
    • Record gauge readings, materials used, processing times, or test results in production logs.
    • Examine and inspect machines to detect malfunctions.
    • 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.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • 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.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 230

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Persistence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability

    Tools

    • Pressure or steam cleaners
    • Conveyor system
    • Cleaning scrapers
    • Calibrating tanks
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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