Tower Loader Operator

Operate mechanical loading towers to load ships with bulk raw materials.
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Salary Range
$29,000 – $79,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tower Loader Operators do?

Operates mechanical loading tower to load ships and barges with bulk raw materials, such as coal, iron ore, or iron pellets: Moves controls and levers and depresses pedals to position tower for loading operations, to lower conveyor directly over vessel hatch, and to position chute to guide materials into hold of ship. Starts conveyor belt to convey materials from stockpile or gondola cars into hold of vessel. Moves chute controls to spread materials evenly throughout hold of vessel. Adjusts and makes minor repairs to tower and accessory equipment.


Should I be a Tower Loader Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Tower-Whirler Operator

    How to become a Tower Loader Operator

    Most Tower Loader Operators have a Certificate or 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:98baaa&chl=no+college+%2850%25%29|certificate+%2849%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,50,50
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