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Career Details :: Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Sweeps, mops, scrubs, and vacuums floors of buildings, using cleaning solutions, tools, and equipment.
- Gathers and empties trash.
- Cleans or polishes walls, ceilings, windows, plant equipment, and building fixtures, using steam-cleaning equipment, scrapers, brooms, and variety of hand and power tools.
- Applies waxes or sealers to wood or concrete floors.
- Tends, cleans, adjusts, and services furnaces, air conditioners, boilers, and other building heating and cooling systems.
- Removes snow from sidewalks, driveways, and parking areas, using snowplow, snowblower, and snow shovel, and spreads snow-melting chemicals.
- Notifies management personnel concerning need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.
- Sprays insecticides and fumigants to prevent insect and rodent infestation.
- Cleans laboratory equipment, such as glassware and metal instruments, using solvents, brushes, rags, and power cleaning equipment.
- Mows and trims lawns and shrubbery, using mowers and hand and power trimmers, and clears debris from grounds.
- Mixes water and detergents or acids in container to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
- Drives vehicles, such as van, industrial truck, or industrial vacuum cleaner.
- Cleans chimneys, flues, and connecting pipes, using power and hand tools.
- Cleans and restores building interiors damaged by fire, smoke, or water, using commercial cleaning equipment.
- Services and repairs cleaning and maintenance equipment and machinery and performs minor routine painting, plumbing, electrical, and related activities.
- Moves items between departments, manually or using hand truck.
- Sets up, arranges, and removes decorations, tables, chairs, ladders, and scaffolding for events such as banquets and social functions.
- Requisitions supplies and equipment used in cleaning and maintenance duties.
- Dusts furniture, walls, machines, and equipment.
- Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
- Foundry Mold and Coremakers
- Helpers, Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
- Helpers, Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
- Helpers, Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
- Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
- Mechanical Door Repairers
- Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons
General Work Activities
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Operating Vehicles or Equipment
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error