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Conveyor Operators and Tenders

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Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.

    Work Activities
    • Observe packages moving along conveyors to identify packages, detect defective packaging, and perform quality control.
    • Collect samples of materials or products, checking them to ensure conformance to specifications or sending them to laboratories for analysis.
    • Inform supervisors of equipment malfunctions that need to be addressed.
    • Position deflector bars, gates, chutes, or spouts to divert flow of materials from one conveyor onto another conveyor.
    • Observe conveyor operations and monitor lights, dials, and gauges to maintain specified operating levels and to detect equipment malfunctions.
    • Record production data such as weights, types, quantities, and storage locations of materials, as well as equipment performance problems and downtime.
    • Repair or replace equipment components or parts such as blades, rolls, and pumps.
    • Load, unload, or adjust materials or products on conveyors by hand, by using lifts, hoists, and scoops, or by opening gates, chutes, or hoppers.
    • Manipulate controls, levers, and valves to start pumps, auxiliary equipment, or conveyors, and to adjust equipment positions, speeds, timing, and material flows.
    • Stop equipment or machinery and clear jams, using poles, bars, and hand tools, or remove damaged materials from conveyors.
    • Weigh or measure materials and products, using scales or other measuring instruments, or read scales on conveyors that continually weigh products, to verify specified tonnages and prevent overloads.
    • Read production and delivery schedules, and confer with supervisors, to determine sorting and transfer procedures, arrangement of packages on pallets, and destinations of loaded pallets.
    • Operate consoles to control automatic palletizing equipment.
    • Press console buttons to deflect packages to predetermined accumulators or reject lines.
    • Clean, sterilize, and maintain equipment, machinery, and work stations, using hand tools, shovels, brooms, chemicals, hoses, and lubricants.
    • Affix identifying information to materials or products, using hand tools.
    • Distribute materials, supplies, and equipment to work stations, using lifts and trucks.
    • Move, assemble, and connect hoses or nozzles to material hoppers, storage tanks, conveyor sections or chutes, and pumps.
    • Contact workers in work stations or other departments to request movement of materials, products, or machinery, or to notify them of incoming shipments and their estimated delivery times.
    • Thread strapping through strapping tools and secure battens with strapping to form protective pallets around extrusions.
    • Measure dimensions of bundles, using rulers, and cut battens to required sizes, using power saws.
    • Operate elevator systems in conjunction with conveyor systems.
    • Join sections of conveyor frames at temporary working areas, and connect power units.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

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

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • 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.

    Knowledge
    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $32,100/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.43/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 1,200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 150
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Spot welding machine
    • Screw conveyor
    • Pallet trucks
    • Belt conveyors
    • Batching plants or feeders
    Technology
    • Operating system software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Industrial control software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.