Vehicle Cleaner and Servicer

Automobile Technician, Automotive Service Advisor, Automotive Service Technician, Boat Operator   More Names
Buster, Dock Attendant, Dock Hand, Fuel Dock Attendant, Fuel Island Attendant, Fueler, Hostler, Maintenance Mechanic, Marine Fuel Dock Attendant, Service Attendant, Service Technician, Servicer, Station Attendant, Station Clerk, Station Manager, Station Team Member, Utility Attendant, Vehicle and Equipment Cleaner, Vehicle Cleaner, Vehicle Service Attendant
Description

Vehicle cleaners and servicers perform all the duties required to keep buses, trains, and boats clean, fueled, and ready for service, and ensure that vehicles meet public transportation standards for sanitation, safety, and appearance. From filling fluids to changing oil or lubricating parts, these workers focus on vehicle mechanical systems. While they do not make large mechanical repairs, they may move vehicles, top off fluids, and perform other routine maintenance services to keep everything moving safely and efficiently. Tasks include mixing and applying cleaning solutions, disposing of waste materials, and using cleaning equipment. Tasks may include vacuuming, polishing floors, and cleaning windows. Cleaners and servicers also may move vehicles to and from vehicle maintenance facilities for repairs or cleaning, or return the vehicle into use by operators. This job may include other tasks to support other cleaners, fuelers, or maintainers.

Vehicle cleaners and servicers require basic mechanical ability, an understanding of policies and procedures, attention to detail, communication and problem-solving skills, and computer and record-keeping skills to track service data for vehicles. These positions typically report to assistant supervisors or other managers, and workers may be promoted to these higher positions after several years of experience or through internal training programs. Workers can expect to be on their feet a lot and to be exposed to weather and fumes.

Vehicle cleaners and servicers must have a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, as well as a commercial driver's license (CDL). To qualify for a CDL, applicants must pass a knowledge test on rules and regulations and then demonstrate in a skills test that they can perform the job safely. The Department of Transportation keeps a national database of all driving violations incurred by CDL holders, and a state may not issue a license to a person who has already had a license suspended or revoked in another state. Drivers may hold only one license at a time, and must surrender all other driver's licenses upon receiving their new CDLs. Information on how to apply for a CDL and each type of CDL endorsement can be obtained from state motor vehicle administrations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
11% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $19,460 - $27,130    Hourly: $9 - $13

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

- Ability to stand for long periods of time
- Physical agility

Legal Requirements
General/Nationwide
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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

11% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $19,460 - $27,130

Hourly: $9 - $13