Car Blocker

Fabricate and install braces to prevent shifting or damage to products.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Car Blockers do?

Fabricates and installs braces to prevent shifting or damage to products shipped in railroad cars: Determines size of bracing needed, using tape measure. Selects lumber and cuts boards, using power saw. Assembles boards and fits or wedges braces into position to prevent load from shifting during transit. Nails braces to car floor or walls, using hand- or air-powered hammer. May secure load with banding machine and clincher. May place and inflate dunnage bags with compressed air between sections of load or between ends and sides of car and load. May cover load with tarpaulin.

Should I be a Car Blocker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Basin Cleaner, Blind Cleaner, Block Piler, Block Stacker, Box Car Bracer, Carboy Filler, Car Bracer, Cargo Bracer See More

    How to become a Car Blocker

    Most Car Blockers 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:9adaac&chl=no+college+%2890%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|||doctorate+%284%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,90,90
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