Shot Blaster

Caterpillar Wamego, KS
Toremove paint, rust, scale, etc. from metal products to create an even finish byoperating a blast of compressed air laden with an abrasive.

ESSENTIALDUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.Other duties may be assigned.

Operatesa fork lift truck or uses a hand cart to move pallets, material equipment toand from the work area and uses a lift to position units for shot blasting.

Comparescomponents or unit on the pallet to the Shop Packet Worksheet or prints toidentify parts or units required for shot blasting and to ensure that allcorrect work pieces are on the pallet.

Tapesoff bearings, cylinders rods and machinist areas of the unit. Needs theabilities to understand what needs to be protected from blast and processaccordingly.

Checksover units or parts visually to ensure quality of welds and looks for millscale on units, laminated edges, etc.and reports the problem to the Foreman.

Abilityto read packets looking for weights to determine fork lift usage. Be able tohandle heights and not to be claustrophobic.

Froma starting point moves around the unit or part directing blast from the nozzleon the hose ensuring blast is even and consistent.

Adjuststhe speed of the shot and widens the pattern by standing further back toimprove cleaning process.

Toensure efficient operation of equipment, checks clogs and water in lines and/orsystem and ensures safety light is operating.

Reloadsthe machine with shot by sweeping the shot from the floor and/or adding a newsupply of shot to the hopper.

Adjuststhe machine for proper use.

Toperform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform eachessential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representativeof the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentialfunctions.


Highschool diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three monthsrelated experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education andexperience.


Abilityto add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money andweight measurement, volume, and distance.


Abilityto solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables insituations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret avariety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Itis mandatory that the shot blast operator wear a fresh air helmet and leatherclothes. Must have mechanical ability, steadiness of hand and manual dexterity.

PHYSICALDEMANDS Thephysical demands described here are representative of those that must be met byan employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilitiesto perform the essential functions.

Whileperforming the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand;walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reachwith hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee isoccasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must frequently liftand/or move more than 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this jobinclude close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKENVIRONMENT Thework environment characteristics described here are representative of those anemployee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities toperform the essential functions.

Whileperforming the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to fumesor airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to extreme cold,extreme heat, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usuallyvery loud. This position has a high risk to back injury due to manuallyreloading the shot blast. The shot blastconsists of steel pellets being shot from a nozzle under highly compressed air. Pellets fall to the floor which causes hazardouswalking conditions.