Chute Loader

Load trucks, railroad cars, or conveyors with sands, gravels, or coals.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Chute Loaders do?

Loads trucks, railroad cars, or conveyors with sand, gravel, coal, crushed stone, or other minerals: Pulls levers or presses buttons to open and close chute of storage bin to regulate flow of materials. Loosens clogged material, using metal bar or compressed air. May position cars under chute [CAR DROPPER]. May spray water on materials to settle dust. May keep record of materials loaded. May pry and blast loose mined coal impounded behind battery of storage chute in steeply pitching seams, to load mine cars, and be designated Battery Starter.

Should I be a Chute Loader?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Cage Loader, Crane Chaser, Crane Follower, Lander, Log Snaker, Railroad-Car Loader, Ship Loader, Skip Loader

    How to become a Chute Loader

    Chute Loaders 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 Chute Loader-related education!
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