Car Dumper Operator

Control equipment that tilt railroad cars to dump grain.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Car Dumper Operators do?

Controls equipment that tilts railroad cars to dump grain into receiving hopper for transfer to storage elevator: Pulls lever to activate clamp that fastens car into position on dumping platform. Breaks car seal and pushes open sliding door. Starts conveyor leading from receiving hopper into elevator, and energizes electromagnet which removes metal from grain. Receives signals, and pushes and pulls levers of dumping machinery in sequence to tilt and jog car until car is empty. Returns car to upright position and releases holding mechanism. May remove wood and paper falling from tipped car, using grappling hooks. May guide grain from car, using wood or metal plank. May pull box cars onto and off of dumping platform, using winch and cable.

Should I be a Car Dumper Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Car-Shakeout Operator, Monorail Car Operator

    How to become a Car Dumper Operator

    Car Dumper Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Car Dumper Operator-related education!
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