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The hierarchy for qualification is the Regional Demand
(the occupation had a entry wage equal to or greater
than 90% of the Economic Development Region (EDR) negotiated
wage as an average of all LWIA’s in the EDR AND at
least 25 annual average job openings in the EDR);
State Wide (the occupation qualified for at least
5 of the Regional Demands and thus was added to all
ten EDR lists); Career Cluster (the occupation is
listed on at least one of the six career clusters
Illinois has identified as priority [data is available
under the career clusters on the The National
Association of State Directors of Career Technical
Education Consortium website at ]), and Regional
Request (an LWIA received approval of a request to
add an occupation code to its EDR list based on substantiative
data and information supporting a need in the region).
NOTE: Only those occupations with a Source of Regional
Demand or State Wide will be eligible for incentive
bonus award under the Minimum Training Expenditure
policy requirements.

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Loaders - Occupation Overview

  • Pump liquids from storage tanks to vehicles
  • Often work alone
  • Typically work a standard work week
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Train on the job
  • Earn $36,279 per year (Illinois median)
  • Earn $44,100 per year (national median)

Tank car, truck, and ship loaders pump liquids from storage tanks to vehicles.

Loaders use material moving equipment to transfer chemical and solids such as:

  • Sand
  • Coal
  • Fuel
  • Grain

They attach hoses to tanks filled with liquid and pump compressed air into the tank to force the contents into the vehicle's tank. They coordinate with other workers to make sure products flow at a constant rate. Sometimes they use blenders and heaters to make liquids easier to transfer.

Loaders test full tanks for leaks. Sometimes they send samples to labs for testing. They test outlet valves on tank cars, barges, or trucks. They repair or replace defective values and parts.

Loaders check the content, temperature, and volume of the liquid load by reading meters. They correct problems by adjusting cooling controls or reducing the amount of liquid.

Loaders make sure the numbers on tank cars, barges, or truckloads match the instructions they receive. This ensures that products are loaded into or from the proper vehicles. They copy information about the load and attach it to the tanks.

Loaders keep records of the types and amounts of products pumped. They also record gauge readings and how long it takes to load or unload vehicles.


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