Fabricate wooden crates or boxes.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Craters do?

Fabricates wooden crates or boxes, using woodworking handtools and powered tools, and packs such items as machinery, vehicles, or other large or odd-shaped products: Reads blueprints, shipping notices, and other specifications, and inspects product to determine size and shape of container, materials to be used, and types of supports and braces to be used. Lays out dimensions on materials with ruler, measuring tape, and pencil. Saws materials to size, using handsaws and powered saws. Assembles materials, using nailing or stapling machine, screws, bolts, glue, and handtools. Places product in container, manually or using hoist. Bolts heavy pieces to bottom of container or skid. Wraps and pads product with excelsior, paper or other packing material. Builds crate around large or odd-shaped articles. Nails cover on crate. Wraps and tightens metal bands around crate, using banding equipment. Attaches identification labels or stencils containing such information as shipping destination, weight, and type of product contained on crate. Repairs broken crates. May cover military tanks and other equipment with neoprene or other protective covering to protect them during shipment. May count items to be packed to ensure compliance with shipping orders. May weigh loaded crate. May move container to shipping area, and move lumber, paper, and other wrapping supplies to crating area, using hand or industrial truck. May sharpen saw blades, using file. May be designated according to item crated as Machinery Crater; Refrigerator Crater, or specific duty performed as Crate Repairer.

Should I be a Crater?

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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Ceiler, Machinery Crater, Refrigerator Crater

    How to become a Crater

    Craters 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 Crater-related education!
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