Equipment Cleaner

Clean and sterilize machineries, utensils, and equipment.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Equipment Cleaners do?

Cleans and sterilizes machinery, utensils, and equipment used to process or store products, such as chemicals, paint, food, or beverages: Turns valves to drain machines or tanks and disconnects pipes, using wrenches. Sprays machines, tanks, and conveyors with water to loosen and remove dirt or other foreign matter. Scrubs machines, tanks, tables, pans, bowls, compartments, and conveyors, using brushes, rags, cleaning preparations, and diluted acids. Rinses articles with water, and dries them with compressed air. Scrubs floors and walls, using brushes, rags, and diluted acids. Connects hoses and lines to pump and starts pump to circulate cleaning and sterilizing solution through hoses and lines. Scrubs interior of disconnected pipes, valves, spigots, gauges, and meters, using spiral brushes. Mixes cleaning solutions and diluted acids, according to formula. Draws off samples of cleaning solutions from mixing tanks for laboratory analysis. May replace defective sections of metal coils and lines, using handtools, soldering iron, and pipe couplings. May lubricate machinery. May be designated according to equipment cleaned as Beer-Coil Cleaner; Lard-Tub Washer; Line Cleaner; Pipe Washer. May sterilize equipment and be designated Equipment Sterilizer.

Should I be an Equipment Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Equipment or Machinery Cleaner, Equipment Sterilizer, Sanitation Worker, Cleaning Equipment

    How to become an Equipment Cleaner

    Most Equipment 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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