Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
- Package, store, or move irradiated fuel elements in the underwater storage basins of nuclear reactor plants, using machines or equipment.
- Apply bioremediation techniques to hazardous wastes to allow naturally occurring bacteria to break down toxic substances.
- Mix or pour concrete into forms to encase waste material for disposal.
- Organize or track the locations of hazardous items in landfills.
- Process e-waste, such as computer components containing lead or mercury.
- Upload baskets of irradiated elements onto machines that insert fuel elements into canisters and secure lids.
- Identify or separate waste products or materials for recycling or reuse.
- Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations.
- Operate cranes to move or load baskets, casks, or canisters.
- Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
- 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.
- Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- 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.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $45,540 with most people making between $31,660 and $64,690
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,940 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,130 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 19 openings due to growth and about 41 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.
- Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
- Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
- Chemical Plant and System Operators
- Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
- Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
- Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
- Locomotive Firers
- Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
- Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers