Tube Cleaning Operator

Tend machines that extract core pipe from interior of tubular castings.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tube Cleaning Operators do?

Tends machine that extracts core pipe from interior of tubular castings: Strikes end of core pipe with sledge to loosen baked sand between casting and core pipe. Inserts end of core pipe through holding block and secures pipe between jaws set on dolly. Starts machine that pushes and pulls dolly along tracks, pulling out core pipe while casting strikes against holding block. Cleans casting, using airhose and wire brush.


Should I be a Tube Cleaning Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Tubing-Mill Operator I

    How to become a Tube Cleaning Operator

    Tube Cleaning Operators 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 Tube Cleaning Operator-related education!
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