Cherry Picker Operator

Operate cherry pickers moving on rails to hoist loaded dinkey cars.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cherry Picker Operators do?

Operates cherry picker which moves on rails along tunnel side to hoist loaded dinkey cars from mucking machine to front of train: Hooks hoist line into lift-hooks on dinkey car. Moves lever to activate pneumatic hoist that lifts car. Pushes hoist block and car to side of frame and signals DINKEY OPERATOR to move train to position empty car at mucking machine. Pushes hoisting frame along rails to front of train and operates hoist to place car in position on rails.

Should I be a Cherry Picker Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • 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.

  • Also known as: Car Changer, Cold-Roll Packer, Sheet Iron

    How to become a Cherry Picker Operator

    Most Cherry Picker Operators have a Certificate or 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:98baaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2849%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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