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Details for Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment


Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.


  • Inspect parts, equipment, and 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, and hoses.
  • Mix cleaning solutions, abrasive compositions, and other compounds, according to formulas.
  • Press buttons to activate cleaning equipment or machines.
  • Clean and polish vehicle windows.
  • Rinse objects and place them on drying racks; or use cloth, squeegees, or air compressors to dry surfaces.
  • Drive vehicles to and from workshops and/or customers' workplaces or homes.
  • Turn valves or handles on equipment in order to regulate pressure and flow of water, air, steam, or abrasives from sprayer nozzles.
  • Pre-soak or rinse machine parts, equipment, or vehicles by immersing objects in cleaning solutions or water, manually or using hoists.
  • Lubricate machinery, vehicles, and equipment, and perform minor repairs and adjustments, using hand tools.
  • Monitor operation of cleaning machines, and stop machines or notify supervisors when malfunctions occur.
  • Disassemble and reassemble machines or equipment; or remove and reattach vehicle parts and trim, using hand tools.
  • Connect hoses and lines to pumps and other equipment.
  • Maintain inventories of supplies.
  • Apply paints, dyes, polishes, reconditioners, waxes, and masking materials to vehicles in order to preserve, protect, or restore color and condition.
  • Turn valves or disconnect hoses in order to eliminate water, cleaning solutions, or vapors from machinery or tanks.
  • Sweep, shovel, or vacuum loose debris and salvageable scrap into containers; and remove containers from work areas.
  • Transport materials, equipment, or supplies to and from work areas, using carts or hoists.
  • Collect and test samples of cleaning solutions and vapors.
  • Clean the plastic work inside cars, using paintbrushes.
  • Fit boot spoilers, side skirts, and mud flaps to cars.


  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • 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.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.



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