Chip Unloader

Unload wood chips from railroad cars or trucks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chip Unloaders do?

Unloads wood chips from railroad cars or trucks, using materials-handling equipment: Drives rail-mounted trackmobile to spot railroad cars on scale and on ramp above chip storage bins for unloading. Records gross and net weight of car. Releases bottom doors of car, allowing chips to fall into bin. Starts conveyor that carries chips to stockpile or to inside storage bins [CHIP-BIN CONVEYOR TENDER]. Gathers sample of chips from each car for analysis. Shunts empty cars to spur tracks. Signals driver to position truck for unloading. Attaches hoist cable and hook and starts hoist to lift loaded trailer from tractor bed. Opens tailgate of trailer, allowing wood chips to fall into bin. Lowers trailer onto tractor bed and secures tailgate. May attach electric vibrator to side of railroad cars to dislodge chips that have become tightly packed in transit. May unload barges.


Should I be a Chip Unloader?

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.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Cage Unloader, Grain Unloader, Grain Unloader, Machine

    How to become a Chip Unloader

    Chip Unloaders 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 Chip Unloader-related education!
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