Steam Cleaner

Clean engines, bodies, and chassis of automotive vehicles.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Steam Cleaners do?

Cleans engines, bodies, and chassis of automotive vehicles, using high pressure steam hose and detergent solution: Starts boiler to generate steam. Sprays steam and detergent solution over vehicle chassis, engine, or parts, to remove dirt and grease. Lowers engine or chassis parts into tank of detergent solution, by hand or by use of hoist, to clean inaccessible surfaces. Scrapes off adherent grime and grease, using wire brush or putty knife. May spray vehicle body with steam and caustic compound to remove paint. May clean forging dies and be designated Steam-Clean-Machine Operator.

Should I be a Steam Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Shield Cleaner, Ship Cleaner, Spinneret Cleaner, Spinnerette Cleaner, Still Cleaner, Strainer Cleaner, Switch Cleaner

    How to become a Steam Cleaner

    Most Steam 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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