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51-4011.00 - Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

Sample of reported job titles: Brake Press Operator; Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator); Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator); Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist); Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator); Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator); Computer Numerical Control Set-Up and Operator (CNC Set-Up and Operator); Machine Operator; Machine Set-Up, Operator; Machinist

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
90   Core Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures.
87   Core Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments.
86   Core Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences.
86   Core Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links.
85   Core Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation.
85   Core Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces.
85   Core Insert control instructions into machine control units to start operation.
84   Core Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences.
83   Core Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems.
83   Core Remove and replace dull cutting tools.
83   Core Monitor machine operation and control panel displays and compare readings to specifications to detect malfunctions.
83   Core Enter commands or load control media, such as tapes, cards, or disks, into machine controllers to retrieve programmed instructions.
82   Core Modify cutting programs to account for problems encountered during operation and save modified programs.
81   Core Calculate machine speed and feed ratios and the size and position of cuts.
81   Core Adjust machine feed and speed, change cutting tools, or adjust machine controls when automatic programming is faulty or if machines malfunction.
81   Core Lift workpieces to machines manually or with hoists or cranes.
81   Core Stack or load finished items or place items on conveyor systems.
80   Core Control coolant systems.
80   Core Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools.
78   Core Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions or production errors or to obtain approval to continue production.
77   Core Implement changes to machine programs and enter new specifications, using computers.
75   Core Set up future jobs while machines are operating.
75   Core Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags.
79   Supplemental Input initial part dimensions into machine control panels.
75   Supplemental Write simple programs for computer-controlled machine tools.
74   Supplemental Lay out and mark areas of parts to be shot-peened and fill hoppers with shot.
71   Supplemental Examine electronic components for defects or completeness of laser-beam trimming, using microscopes.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Boring machines — Borers; Boring bars
Calipers — 0-1 drop indicators; Dial calipers; Vernier calipers
Horizontal turning center — Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes; Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
Microcontrollers — Controllers; Programmable logic controllers PLC
Milling machines — Computerized numerical control CNC routers; Manual mills; Vertical milling machines
Power grinders — Bench grinders; Surface grinders
Tapping machine — Computerized numerical control CNC tappers; Tapping machines
Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — 5 axis lathes; 8 axis lathes; Lathes
Traveling column milling machine — 2/3 axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines; Bore mills; Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers; Turning centers

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — CNC Consulting Machinists' Calculator; EditCNC software; Kentech Trig Kalculator
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; KCDw Software; SolidWorks CAD software; UGS Solid Edge
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; CNC Mastercam; SmartCAM software; Vero International VISI-Series (see all 32 examples)
Development environment software — MUMPS M
Industrial control software — Work inspection software
Object or component oriented development software — G-code
Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software — Kentech Kipware software; Microsoft Project
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

See all 56 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
79   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
69   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
60   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
59   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
59   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
59   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
56   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
54   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
51   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
49   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
45   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
38   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
32   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
32   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
32   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
30   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
26   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
26   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
25   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
25   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
25   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
22   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
20   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
19   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
17   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
14   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
13   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
69   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
66   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
66   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
63   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
56   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
56   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53   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.
53   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
50   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
50   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
50   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
50   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
47   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
47   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
44   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
44   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
44   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
44   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
44   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
31   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
28   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
28   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
25   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
69   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
66   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
66   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
63   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
63   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
60   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
60   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
60   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
60   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
56   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
56   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
53   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
53   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
53   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
53   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
53   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
53   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
53   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
50   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
50   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
50   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
50   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
50   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
47   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
47   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
47   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
47   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
44   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
44   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
41   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
38   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
35   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
31   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
31   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
28   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
85   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
78   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
77   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions.
77   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
75   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
73   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
72   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
72   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Monitor lubrication of equipment or workpieces.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
72   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
70   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
69   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
69   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
65   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
62   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
62   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
61   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
60   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
60   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
59   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
56   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
55   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
55   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
54   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
54   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
53   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
51   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
49   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
48   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
48   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
48   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
46   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
44   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
40   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
38   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
33   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
32   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
31   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
22   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
20   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
20   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
16   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


85     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


79     Continually or almost continually
18     More than half the time
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


89     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


65     Extremely important
33     Very important
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


77     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


80     Every day
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


56     Extremely important
34     Very important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


63     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


65     Continually or almost continually
16     More than half the time
12     About half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


71     Every day
14     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


47     Continually or almost continually
33     More than half the time
13     Less than half the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


57     More than 40 hours
39     40 hours
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


46     Constant contact with others
19     Contact with others most of the time
26     Occasional contact with others
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


49     A lot of freedom
13     Some freedom
14     Limited freedom
21     Very little freedom
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


44     Extremely important
28     Very important
17     Fairly important
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


38     Extremely serious
31     Very serious
18     Fairly serious
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


35     A lot of freedom
20     Some freedom
30     Limited freedom
14     Very little freedom
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


33     Extremely important
46     Important
11     Fairly important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


62     Every day
38     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


29     Every day
28     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


35     Highly automated
37     Moderately automated
19     Slightly automated
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


25     Very important results
27     Important results
17     Moderate results
12     Minor results
19     No results
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


22     Continually or almost continually
32     More than half the time
27     Less than half the time
13     Never
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


32     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


23     Very high responsibility
21     High responsibility
43     Limited responsibility
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


22     Continually or almost continually
16     More than half the time
54     Less than half the time
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


44     Moderately close (at arm's length)
20     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
29     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


27     Highly competitive
32     Moderately competitive
14     Slightly competitive
18     Not at all competitive
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


24     Very high responsibility
13     High responsibility
18     Moderate responsibility
17     Limited responsibility
28     No responsibility
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


27     Extremely important
24     Important
24     Fairly important
24     Not important at all
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


38     Every day
55     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


12     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
17     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


21     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


18     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
20     Never
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


17     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
53     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


21     Every day
15     Once a year or more but not every month
51     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


22     Every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
61     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


16     Extremely important
62     Not important at all
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
53     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


12     Every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
69     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


11     Every day
76     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


46     Less than half the time
43     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


16     Once a year or more but not every month
64     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


12     About half the time
38     Less than half the time
50     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


14     Once a year or more but not every month
75     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


22     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
78     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


89     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


26     Once a year or more but not every month
69     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


11     Once a year or more but not every month
84     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


19     Less than half the time
80     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


91     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


16     Less than half the time
84     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


93     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


88     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


98     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


100     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


99     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
39   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Post-secondary certificate Help
15   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   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.
28   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.
11   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
11   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
 Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
 Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
90   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
71   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
71   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
71   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
69   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
69   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
68   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
67   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
67   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
66   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
64   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
63   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
60   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
55   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
51   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
45   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
67   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
39   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
33   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. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
33   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
22   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
22   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $17.26 hourly, $35,900 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 140,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 59,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (98% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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