Cylinder filler


Cylinder fillers operate and maintain the equipment and containers used to fill cylinders with gases in liquefied or compressed state.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to cylinder filler:

industrial filling operative
gas cylinder filler
cylinder refiller
cylinder operative
liquefied gas filler
industrial filling plant operative
technician/fill operative
compressed gas cylinder filler
technician/fill operator
gas cylinder operative
filling plant operative
compressed gas filler
gas filling plant operative
cylinder refill operator
yardhand filler
fill operator

Minimum qualifications

A high school diploma is generally the minimum required to work as a cylinder filler.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Cylinder filler is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Cylinder filler career path

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of cylinder filler. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of cylinder filler with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of cylinder filler.

  • Mathematics: Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of cylinder filler.

  • Record cylinders information: Record for each cylinder the information related to weight, number and type of gas that is contained.
  • Inspect cylinders: Inspect the cylinders for leaks by brushing or spraying chemical solutions.
  • Connect cylinders lines: Connect the lines between cylinders and manifold by using wrench.
  • Maneuver cylinders: Maneuver the cylinders by rolling them onto the platform scale or positioning them on the racks, manually or using a chain hoist.
  • Adhere to standard procedures: Adhere to and follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Fill cylinders: Fill cylinders setting the pressure gauge according to specifications and listening for the buzzer which announces that the filling is complete.
  • Adjust cylinder valves: Adjust the tension on the cylinder valves or change the valves with torque wrench.
  • Check quality of raw materials: Check the quality of basic materials used for the production of semi-finished and finished goods by assessing some of its characteristics and, if needed, select samples to be analysed.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of cylinder filler. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Good manufacturing practices: Regulatory requirements and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) applied in the relevant manufacturing sector.
  • Hazardous waste storage: The regulations and procedures surrounding the safekeeping of materials and substances which pose health and safety risks.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of cylinder filler. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Load equipment: Handle safe loading of equipment in given restrictive conditions.
  • Operate pumping equipment: Operate pumping equipment; oversee gas and oil transport from wellheads to refineries or storage facilities.
  • Operate forklift: Operate a forklift, a vehicle with a pronged device in front for lifting and carrying heavy loads.
  • Unload equipment: Handle safe unloading of equipment in given restrictive conditions.
  • Test gas purity: Test the purity of the gas using specific testing equipment.
  • Use testing equipment: Use equipment to test performance and operation of machinery.
  • Handle residual gases: Handle the cylinder residual gases evacuation.
  • Ensure correct gas pressure: Ensure the necessary, usually constant, pressure of gas which is part of a machine or tool, such as torching equipment, used to process metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.
  • Set up generators: Install and operate generators as power supplies according to regulations and specifications.
  • Maintain test equipment: Maintain equipment used for testing the quality of systems and products.
  • Perform loading and unloading operations: Load and unload materials from containers, manually or using appropriate tools. Load hoppers, containers, or conveyors to feed machines with products, using tools such as forklifts, transfer augers, suction gates, shovels, or pitchforks.

ISCO group and title

8183 – Packing, bottling and labelling machine operators

  1. Cylinder filler – ESCO
Last updated on August 17, 2022

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