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Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.
Sample of reported job titles:
Aircraft Cleaner, Auto Detailer, Automobile Detailer, Automotive Detailer, Car Detailer, Car Washer, Detailer, Reconditioner, Sanitation Truck Cleaner
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Clean and polish vehicle windows.
- Scrub, scrape, or spray machine parts, equipment, or vehicles, using scrapers, brushes, clothes, cleaners, disinfectants, insecticides, acid, abrasives, vacuums, or hoses.
- Apply paints, dyes, polishes, reconditioners, waxes, or masking materials to vehicles to preserve, protect, or restore color or condition.
- Inspect parts, equipment, or vehicles for cleanliness, damage, and compliance with standards or regulations.
- Maintain inventories of supplies.
- Press buttons to activate cleaning equipment or machines.
- Monitor operation of cleaning machines and stop machines or notify supervisors when malfunctions occur.
- Mix cleaning solutions, abrasive compositions, or other compounds, according to formulas.
- Turn valves or handles on equipment to regulate pressure or flow of water, air, steam, or abrasives from sprayer nozzles.
- Rinse objects and place them on drying racks or use cloth, squeegees, or air compressors to dry surfaces.
- Turn valves or disconnect hoses to eliminate water, cleaning solutions, or vapors from machinery or tanks.
- Sweep, shovel, or vacuum loose debris or salvageable scrap into containers and remove containers from work areas.
- Disassemble and reassemble machines or equipment or remove and reattach vehicle parts or trim, using hand tools.
- Drive vehicles to or from workshops or customers’ workplaces or homes.
- Clean the plastic work inside cars, using paintbrushes.
- Pre-soak or rinse machine parts, equipment, or vehicles by immersing objects in cleaning solutions or water, manually or using hoists.
- Connect hoses or lines to pumps or other equipment.
- Collect and test samples of cleaning solutions or vapors.
- Lubricate machinery, vehicles, or equipment or perform minor repairs or adjustments, using hand tools.
- Calendar and scheduling software — BookFresh; Thoughtful Systems Scheduling Manager for Auto Detailing
- Data base user interface and query software — Bella FSM Auto Detailing Service Software; Green Cloud KleanTRAC
- Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Detailed Work Activities
- Clean vehicles or vehicle components.
- Clean machinery or equipment.
- Inspect motor vehicles.
- Acquire supplies or equipment.
- Drive passenger vehicles.
- Control pumps or pumping equipment.
- Monitor engine operation or functioning.
- Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
- Connect hoses to equipment or machinery.
- Collect samples for analysis or testing.
- Test materials, solutions, or samples.
- Clean facilities or work areas.
- Remove debris or damaged materials.
- Shovel materials.
- Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
- Maintain vehicles in good working condition.
- Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Time Pressure — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 45% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 50% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 44% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 38% responded “Some freedom.”
- Responsible for Others’ Health and Safety — 31% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 33% responded “Every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 56% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 36% responded “Very important results.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 30% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 27% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 41% responded “Occasional contact with others.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 74% responded “40 hours.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 34% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 30% responded “Extremely important.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment
- Physical Proximity — 38% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related 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.|
|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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Interest code: RC
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- 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.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Independence — Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$13.29 hourly, $27,640 annual|
|Employment (2019)||408,400 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)|
Average (3% to 4%)
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||53,900|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data
and 2019-2029 employment projections
“Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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