Tin Can Laborer

Perform tasks involved in the manufacture of tin cans.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tin Can Laborers do?

Performs any combination of following tasks involved in manufacture of tin cans: Opens bales of tinplate, using cutters. Removes rust spots, oil stains, or other surface accumulations, from sheets of tinplate, using steel wool, scouring powder, or cloths soaked in alcohol. Straightens bent or dented tinplate with mallet. Places cans and lids on paint racks, prior to painting process and removes painted items from racks for shipping. Supplies packing-line workers with packing materials. Places units, such as handles and cleats on flux pads and positions nozzles and solder strips on cans on conveyors that pass into ovens used to join items to cans. Packs cans or lids in cardboard containers by hand or using packing machine, or bulk-packs cans in railroad cars or transport trucks with handtools. Lines railroad cars or trucks with paper and installs bulkheads for bulk loading. Sorts cans according to size and type. Feeds flattened can bodies through reforming machine to straighten them. Seals containers with tape, staples, and bands or feeds filled containers through glue machine. Repairs, relabels, and collapses used cartons for subsequent use. Wraps pallet loads of cans with cardboard and paper. Stacks, moves, or loads cans, containers, materials, and supplies around areas of plant by hand, truck, or cart. May inspect units for obvious defects and discard defective items. May be designated according to work assigned as Bag Sealer; Can-Reforming-Machine Operator; Can Stacker; Cleaner.

Should I be a Tin Can Laborer?

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

  • Also known as: Laborer, Tin Can

    How to become a Tin Can Laborer

    Most Tin Can Laborers 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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