Tank Setter

Erect metal tanks used to store crude oil at oil fields.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$26,000 – $80,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tank Setters do?

Erects metal tanks used to store crude oil at oil fields, utilizing knowledge of overall construction techniques and using handtools: Directs helpers in grading area for tank base. Verifies grade, using spirit level. Bolts tank sections together and inserts felt or asbestos sealing strips between joints to assemble and erect tank bottoms, sides, and covers, using wrenches. Bolts attachments, such as ladders, pipe flanges, gauges, and valves, to tank, using wrenches. Directs helpers in erection of scaffolds and assembly of tank sections. May erect wooden tanks [TANK ERECTOR].


Should I be a Tank Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Iron Setter, Joist Setter, Metal Tank Erector, Tank Builder

    How to become a Tank Setter

    Most Tank Setters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2830%25%29||bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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