Breaker Tender

Tend machines that break coals into lumps of specified size.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Breaker Tenders do?

Tends machine that breaks coal into lumps of specified size preparatory to pulverizing: Starts steel drum containing coal revolving to tumble, break, and pass coal through perforations in drum. Starts conveyors to transfer coal to and from breaker machine. Observes flow of material on conveyor to detect and remove foreign material and clear jams. Removes metal from pocket of magnetic separator. Lubricates breaker machine with grease gun and oilcan. Cleans work area, using shovel and broom. May assist with repair work.


Should I be a Breaker Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Steam-Bone-Press Tender

    How to become a Breaker Tender

    Most Breaker Tenders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zgaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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