Tar Chaser

Remove tar, pitch, and carbon accumulated in coke-collecting mains.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tar Chasers do?

Removes tar, pitch, and carbon accumulated in coke-collecting mains, using chisel bar: Lifts plugs from collecting main, using hook. Places disk over plughole and shoves chisel bar through center hole of disk. Twists bar to pry tar from walls of main. Removes tar and pitch from traps, using spooning bar. Sweeps and cleans area. Cleans spray nozzles of collecting mains, using wire-cleaning tool. May apply steam to loosen residue from walls of collecting mains.


Should I be a Tar Chaser?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Tar Chaser

    Most Tar Chasers 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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