Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

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Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Remover, Asbestos Worker, Waste Handling Technician

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Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice, B-52/B-2; Aircraft Electrical And Environmental Systems Helper; Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Journeyman; Fuels Apprentice; Helicopter/Tiltrotor Aircraft Maintenance Helper, CV-22; Missile And Space Systems Maintenance Manager; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, Any C-135/E-3/E-8; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance
Aircraft Structural Repairer; Ammunition Warrant Officer; Cavalry Scout; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist; Combat Engineer; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist; Indirect Fire Infantryman; M1 Armor Crewman; Petroleum Systems Technician; Unit Supply Specialist
Aviation Survival Technician; Damage Controlman; Deployable Specialized Forces; Gunner's Mate; Machinery Technician; Marine Safety Specialist Engineer; Marine Safety Specialist Response; Marine Science Technician; Material Maintenance Specialty; Naval Engineering Specialty
Aircraft Maintenance (Fixed-Wing); Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Marine; Cryogenics Equipment Operator; Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Airframe Mechanic-Trainee; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Mechanic, F/A-18; Fixed-Wing Aircraft Power Plants Mechanic, T-56; Fixed-Wing Transport Aircraft Specialist, C-20; Hazardous Material/Hazardous Waste (HM/HW) Officer; Mortarman
Aircrew Survival Equipmentman; Basic EOD Technician; Damage Controlman; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) Apprentice; Hull Maintenance Technician; Logistics Specialist (Submarine); Master EOD Technician; Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Officer; Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician; Shipboard Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear-Defense (CBRN-D) Operations and Training Specialist
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What they do:
Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
On the job, you would:
  • Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.
  • Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers.
  • Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.


Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


  • management
  • customer service


  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction


Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands

Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Database software
  • Xactware Xactimate


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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