Drum Cleaner

Clean rust, scales, and other residues from interiors of empty steel drums.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Drum Cleaners do?

Cleans rust, scale, and other residue from interiors of empty steel drums, using one of following methods: Inserts lighted rod through bunghole of drum to inspect drum interior for rust or residue, and selects chain of length and weight required to clean drum. Threads one end of chain through bunghole into drum, secures other end of chain to drum, using wire, and positions drum on power roller device. Depresses button to start rollers that tumble drum until chain dislodges matter. Inserts steam nozzle into drum, pushes control to activate steam, and shakes nozzle about inside of drum to dislodge residue with blasts of steam. Draws out loose materials, using vacuum. Dries steam condensate, using warm-air hose.

Should I be a Drum Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Drum Chainer

    How to become a Drum Cleaner

    Most Drum Cleaners have 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:9gsaaa&chl=no+college+%2872%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%2821%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,72,72
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