Drum Loader and Unloader

Tend revolving drums in which barley is germinated to produce malt.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Drum Loader and Unloaders do?

Tends revolving drums in which barley is germinated under controlled temperature and humidity to produce malt: Couples drum spout to steeping tanks or to base of screw conveyors containing steeped barley. Turns valve or pulls lever to drop barley into drum or starts conveyor that empties barley into drum. Starts rotation of drum that mixes barley to promote uniformity of growth and temperature. Stops drum, following oral instructions. Unlocks and opens slide door, and starts drum rotating to dump barley onto conveyor. Crawls into drum and scrapes walls, using metal hook to remove barley. Washes drum with water, using high-pressure hose. May stand in pit under revolving drum and pull barley from drum, using metal hook.


Should I be a Drum Loader and Unloader?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • 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.

  • How to become a Drum Loader and Unloader

    Most Drum Loader and Unloaders 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:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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