Conveyor Operators and Tenders
SOC: 53-7011.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
39,700 employed

Projected (2024):
39,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Aerial Tram Operator
  • Ash Conveyor Operator
  • Assembly Line Tender
  • Bander
  • Bark Belt Operator
  • Bed Operator
  • Belt Operator
  • Belt Tender
  • Beltman
  • Bin Tripper Operator
  • Boom Conveyor Operator
  • Break Down Operator
  • Brick Unloader Tender
  • Bull-Chain Operator
  • Cartoner Operator
  • Cement Loader
  • Chain Puller
  • Char Conveyor Tender
  • Chip Bin Conveyor Tender
  • Chip Bin Operator
  • Chip Loft Worker
  • Chip Unloader
  • Chipper Operator
  • Coke Loader
  • Console Attendant
  • Conveyor Attendant
  • Conveyor Belt Operator
  • Conveyor Console Operator
  • Conveyor System Dispatcher
  • Conveyor System Operator
  • Conveyor Technician
  • Conveyor Tender
  • Cooker Loader
  • Debarker Operator
  • Denester Operator
  • Drier Take-Off Tender
  • Dryer Operator
  • Elevator Operator
  • Extraction Operator
  • Finishing Tracker
  • Forklift Operator
  • Fruit Distributor
  • Grain Elevator Operator
  • Grain Loader
  • Log Sorter Operator
  • Material Handler
  • Meal Loader
  • Milled Rubber Tender
  • Operator
  • Packing Line Operator
  • Palletizer Operator
  • Pneumatic System Conveyor Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Process Line Operator
  • Process Operator
  • Production Line Technician
  • Production Supply Equipment Tender
  • Profinish Line Helper
  • Silo Operator
  • Silo Tender
  • Sinter Feeder
  • Spout Tender
  • Stacker Tender
  • Tip-Out Worker
  • Tipple Operator
  • Tipple Tender
  • Transfer Operator
  • Trolley Operator
  • Unscrambler

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic palletizing equipment
  • Automobiles
  • Belt conveyors systems
  • Boom conveyors
  • Chain conveyor systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital floor scales
  • Digital video cameras
  • Electric hoists
  • Elevator systems
  • Gate pumps
  • Grain conveyors
  • Grease dispensing guns
  • Handheld scanners
  • Hearing protection plugs
  • Hoppers
  • Hydraulic booms
  • Hydraulic lifts
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Light industrial vans
  • Mobile radios
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Pallet jacks
  • Pickup trucks
  • Portable power saws
  • Precision rulers
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Scoops
  • Screw conveyors
  • Spot welders
  • Strapping tools
  • Sump pumps
  • Vibrating conveyors
  • Watering hoses
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Control system software
  • Conveyor control software
  • Data entry software
  • Intelligrated InControlWare
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Sortation software

  • transportation and material moving

    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160