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Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
(SOC Code : 53-7081)
in Madera County

Collect and dump refuse or recyclable materials from containers into truck. May drive truck.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Madera County is the same as Madera MSA.
Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20171st Qtr$23.73$19.78$23.72$28.77

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Number of Employers in Madera County
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Waste Management and Remediation Service665.1%
Employment Services 137.5%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Operate automated or semi-automated hoisting devices that raise refuse bins and dump contents into openings in truck bodies.
Inspect trucks prior to beginning routes to ensure safe operating condition.
Drive trucks, following established routes, through residential streets or alleys or through business or industrial areas.
Operate equipment that compresses collected refuse.
Dump refuse or recyclable materials at disposal sites.
Dismount garbage trucks to collect garbage and remount trucks to ride to the next collection point.
Refuel trucks or add other fluids, such as oil or brake fluid.
Fill out defective equipment reports.
Communicate with dispatchers concerning delays, unsafe sites, accidents, equipment breakdowns, or other maintenance problems.
Check road or weather conditions to determine how routes will be affected.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
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.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
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.

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Alternate Titles
Front Load Residential or Commercial Drivers; Garbage Collectors; Recycle Drivers; Refuse Truck Drivers; Refuse Truck Operators; Sanitation Laborers; Solid Waste Collectors
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