Will “Dock Loader” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
72% Chance of Automation
“Dock Loader” will maybe be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #396 out of #702. A higher ranking (i.e., a lower number) means the job is less likely to be replaced.
Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 53-7121.00
- The Mean Annual Wage in the U.S. is $ 39,590.00
- The Mean Hourly Wage is $ 19.00
- Currently, there are 10,920 people on this job
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders”.
Also Known As…
- Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
- Warehouse Man
- Shipping and Receiving Operator
- PVC Loader (Polyvinyl Chloride Loader)
- Loader Operator
- Load Out Person
- Chemical Recovery Operator
- Bulk Tank Car Unloader
- Yard Person
- Truck Unloader
- Truck Loader
- Tank Truck Loader
- Tank Car Loader
- Steel Loader
- Spout Tender
- Ships or Barges Loader
- Ship Unloader
- Receiving Operator
- Rail Loader
- Rail Car Unloader
- Rail Car Loader
- PVC Monitor (Polyvinyl Chloride Monitor)
- Pumper-Gauger Apprentice
- Coal Dumping Equipment Operator
- Caustics Loader
- Barge Loader
Tasks for “Dock Loader”
- Start pumps and adjust valves or cables to regulate the flow of products to vessels, using knowledge of loading procedures.
- Lower gauge rods into tanks or read meters to verify contents, temperatures, and volumes of liquid loads.
- Copy and attach load specifications to loaded tanks.
- Clean interiors of tank cars or tank trucks, using mechanical spray nozzles.
- Test vessels for leaks, damage, and defects, and repair or replace defective parts as necessary.
- Operate industrial trucks, tractors, loaders and other equipment to transport materials to and from transportation vehicles and loading docks, and to store and retrieve materials in warehouses.
- Seal outlet valves on tank cars, barges, and trucks.
- Perform general warehouse activities, such as opening containers and crates, filling warehouse orders, assisting in taking inventory, and weighing and checking materials.
- Test samples for specific gravity, using hydrometers, or send samples to laboratories for testing.
- Verify tank car, barge, or truck load numbers to ensure car placement accuracy based on written or verbal instructions.
- Connect ground cables to carry off static electricity when unloading tanker cars.
- Record operating data such as products and quantities pumped, gauge readings, and operating times, manually or using computers.
- Monitor product movement to and from storage tanks, coordinating activities with other workers to ensure constant product flow.
- Operate ship loading and unloading equipment, conveyors, hoists, and other specialized material handling equipment such as railroad tank car unloading equipment.
- Operate conveyors and equipment to transfer grain or other materials from transportation vehicles.
- Remove and replace tank car dome caps, or direct other workers in their removal and replacement.
- Check conditions and weights of vessels to ensure cleanliness and compliance with loading procedures.
- Observe positions of cars passing loading spouts, and swing spouts into the correct positions at the appropriate times.
- Unload cars containing liquids by connecting hoses to outlet plugs and pumping compressed air into cars to force liquids into storage tanks.
Related Technology & Tools
- Walk behind pallet jacks
- Electric hoists
- Wheeled front end loaders
- Tablet computers
- Mobile shiploaders
- Mechanical spray nozzles
- Loading scales
- Computer laser printers
- Riding pallet jacks
- Conveyor belt systems
- Skid steers
- Digital hydrometers
- Protective respirators
- Personal computers
- Warehouse forklifts
- Reach trucks
- Stock pickers
- Microsoft Excel
- Data entry software
- CompuWeigh GMS
- Distributed control system DCS