Loads and unloads 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.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Transportation Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Verifies tank car, barge, or truck load numbers to ensure car placement accuracy based on written or verbal instructions.
- Observes positions of cars passing loading spouts, and swings spouts into the correct positions at the appropriate times.
- Operates ship loading and unloading equipment, conveyors, hoists, and other specialized material handling equipment such as railroad tank car unloading equipment.
- Monitors product movement to and from storage tanks, coordinating activities with other workers to ensure constant product flow.
- Records operating data such as products and quantities pumped, gauge readings, and operating times, manually or using computers.
- Checks conditions and weights of vessels to ensure cleanliness and compliance with loading procedures.
- Operates 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.
- Connects ground cables to carry off static electricity when unloading tanker cars.
- Seals outlet valves on tank cars, barges, and trucks.
- Tests samples for specific gravity, using hydrometers, or sends samples to laboratories for testing.