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Career Details :: Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
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.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Operates blenders and heaters to mix, blend, and heat products.
- Retrieves liquid sample and performs tests on contents or delivers sample to laboratory for testing.
- Copies and tacks load specifications onto tank and seals outlet valves on tank car, barge, or truck.
- Verifies tank car, barge, or truck load number to ensure car placement accuracy based on written or verbal instructions.
- Tests vessels for leaks, damage, and defects, and repairs or replaces defective parts.
- Unloads cars by connecting hose to outlet plugs and pumping compressed air into car, forcing liquid into storage tank.
- Records operating data, such as products and quantities pumped, gauge readings, and operating time, manually or using computer.
- Weighs and inspects vessels to prevent contamination and to ensure cleanliness and compliance to loading procedures.
- Monitors product movement to and from storage tanks and coordinates with other workers to ensure constant product flow.
- Reads meter to verify content, temperature, and volume of liquid load.
- Starts pumps and adjusts valves to regulate flow of product to vessel, utilizing knowledge of loading procedures.
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General Work Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Hazardous Conditions
- Hazardous Conditions
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done