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Conveyor Operators and Tenders - 53-7011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Control or tend conveyors or conveyor systems that move materials or products to and from stockpiles, processing stations, departments, or vehicles. May control speed and routing of materials or products.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Chipper Operator
  • Debarker Operator
  • Flumer
  • Line Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Package Line Operator
  • Packaging Line Operator
  • Packing Line Operator
  • Process Operator
  • Strapper Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
53-7000 Material Moving Workers
53-7010 Conveyor Operators and Tenders
53-7011.00 Conveyor Operators and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Affix identifying information to materials or products, using hand tools.
  • Clean, sterilize, and maintain equipment, machinery, and work stations, using hand tools, shovels, brooms, chemicals, hoses, and lubricants.
  • Collect samples of materials or products, checking them to ensure conformance to specifications or sending them to laboratories for analysis.
  • Contact workers in work stations or other departments to request movement of materials, products, or machinery, or to notify them of incoming shipments and their estimated delivery times.
  • Distribute materials, supplies, and equipment to work stations, using lifts and trucks.
  • Inform supervisors of equipment malfunctions that need to be addressed.
  • Join sections of conveyor frames at temporary working areas, and connect power units.
  • Load, unload, or adjust materials or products on conveyors by hand, by using lifts, hoists, and scoops, or by opening gates, chutes, or hoppers.
  • Manipulate controls, levers, and valves to start pumps, auxiliary equipment, or conveyors, and to adjust equipment positions, speeds, timing, and material flows.
  • Measure dimensions of bundles, using rulers, and cut battens to required sizes, using power saws.
  • Move, assemble, and connect hoses or nozzles to material hoppers, storage tanks, conveyor sections or chutes, and pumps.
  • Observe conveyor operations and monitor lights, dials, and gauges to maintain specified operating levels and to detect equipment malfunctions.
  • Observe packages moving along conveyors to identify packages, detect defective packaging, and perform quality control.
  • Operate consoles to control automatic palletizing equipment.
  • Operate elevator systems in conjunction with conveyor systems.
  • Position deflector bars, gates, chutes, or spouts to divert flow of materials from one conveyor onto another conveyor.
  • Press console buttons to deflect packages to predetermined accumulators or reject lines.
  • Read production and delivery schedules, and confer with supervisors, to determine sorting and transfer procedures, arrangement of packages on pallets, and destinations of loaded pallets.
  • Record production data such as weights, types, quantities, and storage locations of materials, as well as equipment performance problems and downtime.
  • Repair or replace equipment components or parts such as blades, rolls, and pumps.
  • Stop equipment or machinery and clear jams, using poles, bars, and hand tools, or remove damaged materials from conveyors.
  • Thread strapping through strapping tools and secure battens with strapping to form protective pallets around extrusions.
  • Weigh or measure materials and products, using scales or other measuring instruments, or read scales on conveyors that continually weigh products, to verify specified tonnages and prevent overloads.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean machinery or equipment.
  • Collect samples for analysis or testing.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement.
  • Connect cables or electrical lines.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Inspect material-moving equipment to detect problems.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Load materials into equipment for processing.
  • Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
  • Mark materials or objects for identification.
  • Measure product or material dimensions.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor operational quality or safety.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
  • Operate conveyors or other industrial material moving equipment.
  • Operate packing or other material processing equipment.
  • Position material handling equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove debris or damaged materials.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
  • Secure cargo.
  • Test materials, solutions, or samples.
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Distribution Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Inventory Management Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Process/Shipping Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Aerial-Tram Operator
  • Bed Operator
  • Bin Tripper Operator
  • Boom-Conveyor Operator
  • Brick Unloader Tender
  • Bull-Chain Operator
  • Cement Loader
  • Char-Conveyor Tender
  • Chip-Bin Conveyor Tender
  • Coke Loader
  • Conveyor Operator, Pneumatic System
  • Conveyor Tender
  • Conveyor-System Operator
  • Cooker Loader
  • Drier-Take-Off Tender
  • Fruit Distributor
  • Milled-Rubber Tender
  • Palletizer Operator I
  • Production-Supply-Equipment Tender
  • Silo Operator
  • Silo Tender
  • Sinter Feeder
  • Spout Tender II
  • Stacker Tender
  • Tip-Out Worker
  • Tipple Operator
  • Tipple Tender
  • Transfer Operator
  • Trolley Operator
  • Unscrambler