Tank Cleaner

Clean tanks, vats, kettles, and chutes.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tank Cleaners do?

Cleans tanks, vats, kettles, and chutes, used in production of paint products: Disconnects pipelines and locks safety devices on agitator switch. Enters tanks and examines condition of interior to determine cleaning method. Connects air-compressor hoses to portable pneumatic chisel and forced-air ventilating equipment. Starts portable electric pump to draw residual liquid from tank. Chips and scrapes caked material from walls, ceiling, agitator, and floor surfaces, using pneumatic chisel or hand scrapers. Shovels scrapings into container and removes container from tank, using hoist. Dumps scrapings into disposal drum and carts drum to refuse area. Scrubs tank surfaces, using brush, water, and solvent. May presoak tank with caustic solution. May haul kettles and chutes to burning area and burn off inflammable residue in vessels.

Should I be a Tank Cleaner?

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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Acid-Tank Cleaner, Oil Tank Car Cleaner, Plating-Tank Cleaner, Tack Cleaner, Talcer, Tank Car Cleaner, Tank Processor See More

    How to become a Tank Cleaner

    Most Tank 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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