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.

Median Annual Wage: $41,180

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (82%); Post-secondary certificate (11%); Some college, no degree (7%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Loader Operator; Shipper; Pumper; Loader; PVC Loader (Polyvinyl Chloride Loader); Warehouse Man; Load Out Person; Bulk Tank Car Unloader; Chemical Recovery Operator; Shipping and Receiving Operator

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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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