Harvester Operator

Drive and control tractors to harvest salt from the granulator beds.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Harvester Operators do?

Drives and controls specially equipped tractor to harvest salt from granulator beds: Drives machine to designated bed. Positions discharge spout over gondola car, and depresses clutch to engage harvester. Moves handles to lower scraper equipped with revolving fingers that break up salt and load it onto conveyor for transfer to discharge spout. Moves levers and throttle to control speed of tractor to harvest maximum quantity of salt according to thickness of salt in bed.

Should I be a Harvester Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Back Filler Operator, Clay Hoister, Yard Loader Operator

    How to become a Harvester Operator

    Most Harvester Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9taaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2824%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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