Tank Erector

Assemble and erect precut parts at work site to construct wooden storage.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $72,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tank Erectors do?

Assembles and erects precut parts at work site to construct wooden storage or processing tanks and vats: Computes reference points from blueprints, diagrams, and other specifications, using measuring instruments. Measures and marks position of dunnage on foundation and lifts dunnage into place, manually or using powered hoist. Wedges leveling shims under dunnage, using carpenter’s level and handtools. Forms tank bottoms, headings for horizontally mounted circular tanks, and ends and sides for rectangular tanks, by inserting wooden dowels into corresponding holes in sides of boards and hammering boards together. Hammers croze of staves over edge of tank bottoms or heads to form sides of circular tanks, and hammers endboards into crozed bottoms and sides to assemble rectangular tanks. Inspects and shapes parts for fit during assembly, using hand plane or saw and carpenter’s rule. Positions metal hoops or rods around tank, affixes washers, lugs, and nuts, and tightens nuts, using wrenches. Positions tank or vat on foundation, using powered hoist and secures them on foundation, using handtools. May assemble scaffolding, using handtools. May cut openings for drain outlets, fill pipes, and manholes, using drills and saws. May install metal outlet covers and force sealant between metal flanges and wooden parts of tank, using wrenches and caulking tools. May install mechanical agitators or other machinery in tank [MILLWRIGHT].

Should I be a Tank Erector?

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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Finished-Hardware Erector, Wooden Tank Erector, Wood Tank Erector

    How to become a Tank Erector

    Tank Erectors 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 Tank Erector-related education!
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