Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

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Also known as:
Aircraft Cleaner, Auto Cleaner, Auto Detailer, Automobile Detailer, Beer Coil Cleaner, Boat Detailer, Bus Cleaner, Bus Washer, Car Wash Attendant, Car Washer

ABOUT CLEANER OF VEHICLES/EQUIPMENT CAREERS
Video transcript

A job as vehicle washer is not hard to get, so long as you meet some physical requirements. You'll have to be strong. You have to be willing to work hard for long hours and low pay. You need to be able to lift and carry heavy objects...to stoop, kneel, couch or crawl in awkward positions.

You might need to wear safety clothing to protect yourself from chemicals. But what you'll get at the end of the line, in addition to a clean vehicle or piece of equipment, is experience and a record of on the job performance.

If you do your job well and are a dependable employee, you might be able to move into a more skilled position. So this is a job that someone with not a lot of education can use to get started in a workplace. Vehicle washers are usually trained on the job.

A lot of that training is through spoken order, so being able to and understand the language used at the job site might be important to getting the job.

Because machines do more and more of the washing, there are fewer of these jobs available than in the past. But there are still a lot of openings every year, because it's a job that people take for a short time or because they move up to more skilled positions.

SNAPSHOT
Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
MED
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Disassemble and reassemble machines or equipment or remove and reattach vehicle parts or trim, using hand tools.

Monitor operation of cleaning machines and stop machines or notify supervisors when malfunctions occur.

Press buttons to activate cleaning equipment or machines.

Clean and polish vehicle windows.

Apply paints, dyes, polishes, reconditioners, waxes, or masking materials to vehicles to preserve, protect, or restore color or condition.

Sweep, shovel, or vacuum loose debris or salvageable scrap into containers and remove containers from work areas.

Mix cleaning solutions, abrasive compositions, or other compounds, according to formulas.

Turn valves or handles on equipment to regulate pressure or flow of water, air, steam, or abrasives from sprayer nozzles.

Inspect parts, equipment, or vehicles for cleanliness, damage, and compliance with standards or regulations.

Scrub, scrape, or spray machine parts, equipment, or vehicles, using scrapers, brushes, clothes, cleaners, disinfectants, insecticides, acid, abrasives, vacuums, or hoses.

Rinse objects and place them on drying racks or use cloth, squeegees, or air compressors to dry surfaces.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
TOP SKILLS
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.