Some Major Tasks
- Assistance with the maintenance of the cremation equipment
- General maintenance of the cremation premises.
- Know the operation of all the relevant equipment.
- Knowledge of and ability to keep equipment up to the Health and Safety standards of state.
- Provide assistance and cover when necessary all relevant areas.
- The checking and handling of all relevant (local, state, and federal) documentation and records.
Some Job Activities
- Assisting with the documentation including the recording of actual times of cremations, consumption of fuel, all emissions and other records which may apply
- Carrying out the actual cremations of human remains
- Complying with all relevant local, state and federal regulations including the EPA
- Ensuring equipment is efficiently used
- Getting written documentation and authorization from deceased and/or family members before cremation
- Inspect, maintain, repair interior of combustion chamber
- Loading the cremation machine(s)
- Maintaining equipment include possible repair of equipment.
- Monitoring all equipment
- Operating of all cremation equipment
- Recording digital and written records of all cemetery memorials.
- Recovering the remains for burial or to give to the family
- Transporting of cremated remains
- Updating crematorium and burial databases for statistical purposes
Some General Duties
- Ability to conduct cremation in the presence of bereaved parties
- Answering phones, funeral bookings, dealing with the public and assisting other staff when necessary
- Burial usually with a witness
- Conducting scheduled tests of fire alarm and emergency lighting systems
- Entering data into computer.
- Explain the cremation process in layman's terms
- Give tours of facilities
- Ability to associate with clergy, funeral directors, the general public and bereaved family members
- Ability to communicate with other staff; giving and receiving instructions
- Exposed to death and family grief
- Handling coffins and human remains
- Maintenance duties, which will involve working in, confined areas such as the cremation chamber
- Must be flexible
- Often working outside the normal workday hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays
- Providing advice
- Sharing information
Typically holds a Cremator Technician's Certificate of Proficiency.
Expected to attain a satisfactory level of competence within a specified amount of time as an apprentice
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