Skip Operator

Control scale cars and skip hoist to transfer raw materials.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Skip Operators do?

Controls scale car and skip hoist to transfer raw materials from storage bins to blast furnace: Moves controls of scale car to position car under chute of storage bin. Pulls lever to open bin filling car with raw materials, such as iron ore, coke, limestone, or sinter. Drives car onto scale to weigh materials in car. Positions car on skip pit and pulls lever to dump contents into skip car. Moves control of skip hoist to transport skip car up inclined ramp and dump contents into charging bell of furnace. Records data, such as number of charges, weight of materials, and stock levels in furnace.

Should I be a Skip Operator?

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.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Scale-and-Skip-Car Operator, Skip Tender, Wharf Operator

    How to become a Skip Operator

    Skip 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 Skip Operator-related education!
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