Dump Operator

Tend mechanical or electrical dumping equipment to dump materials.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dump Operators do?

Tends mechanical or electrical dumping equipment to dump materials, such as grain, raw materials, coal, or ore, from mine cars, railroad cars, or trucks into bins or onto conveyor for storage, reloading, or further processing, using either of following methods: Observes that car or truck is spotted accurately on bed of rotary dump. Moves controls to secure clamps over couplings that hold car while being tipped. Starts motor or pulls lever that tips car and dumps contents. Releases clamps to remove car. Opens bottom or side doors of car or truck spotted over gravity dump. Moves controls to lower car shakeout device into car and to start vibration that loosens remaining coal or ore. May hook winch cables to cars to draw them onto dumping bed. May couple and uncouple cars. May be required to maintain records of unloading operations. May be designated according to type of equipment tended as Car-Shakeout Operator; Rotary-Dump Operator; or according to material unloaded as Grain Unloader, Machine.

Should I be a Dump Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Rotary-Dump Operator

    How to become a Dump Operator

    Dump Operators 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 Dump Operator-related education!
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