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Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

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Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.

    Work Activities
    • Connect ground cables to carry off static electricity when unloading tanker cars.
    • Verify tank car, barge, or truck load numbers to ensure car placement accuracy based on written or verbal instructions.
    • Observe positions of cars passing loading spouts, and swing spouts into the correct positions at the appropriate times.
    • Seal outlet valves on tank cars, barges, and trucks.
    • Test samples for specific gravity, using hydrometers, or send samples to laboratories for testing.
    • Operate ship loading and unloading equipment, conveyors, hoists, and other specialized material handling equipment such as railroad tank car unloading equipment.
    • Remove and replace tank car dome caps, or direct other workers in their removal and replacement.
    • Monitor product movement to and from storage tanks, coordinating activities with other workers to ensure constant product flow.
    • Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, gauge readings, and operating times, manually or using computers.
    • Lower gauge rods into tanks or read meters to verify contents, temperatures, and volumes of liquid loads.
    • Check conditions and weights of vessels to ensure cleanliness and compliance with loading procedures.
    • Clean interiors of tank cars or tank trucks, using mechanical spray nozzles.
    • Operate conveyors and equipment to transfer grain or other materials from transportation vehicles.
    • Test vessels for leaks, damage, and defects, and repair or replace defective parts as necessary.
    • Unload cars containing liquids by connecting hoses to outlet plugs and pumping compressed air into cars to force liquids into storage tanks.
    • Copy and attach load specifications to loaded tanks.
    • Operate industrial trucks, tractors, loaders and other equipment to transport materials to and from transportation vehicles and loading docks, and to store and retrieve materials in warehouses.
    • Start pumps and adjust valves or cables to regulate the flow of products to vessels, using knowledge of loading procedures.
    • Perform general warehouse activities, such as opening containers and crates, filling warehouse orders, assisting in taking inventory, and weighing and checking materials.
    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.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    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.

    • 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.

    • Far Vision

      The ability to see details at a distance.

    Knowledge
    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $33,130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.93/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 250
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30
    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
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Skid steer loaders
    • Pallet trucks
    • Loading equipment
    • Hoists
    • Front end loaders
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain 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.