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51-4121.07 - Solderers and Brazers

Braze or solder together components to assemble fabricated metal parts, using soldering iron, torch, or welding machine and flux.

Sample of reported job titles: Brazer, Solderer, Electronic Assembler, Wirer, Assembly Line Brazer, Connector, Electronic Technician, Fabricator, Production Technician, Electrical Assembler

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
84   Core Melt and apply solder along adjoining edges of workpieces to solder joints, using soldering irons, gas torches, or electric-ultrasonic equipment.
82   Core Heat soldering irons or workpieces to specified temperatures for soldering, using gas flames or electric current.
79   Core Examine seams for defects and rework defective joints or broken parts.
76   Core Melt and separate brazed or soldered joints to remove and straighten damaged or misaligned components, using hand torches, irons, or furnaces.
76   Core Melt and apply solder to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products, using soldering equipment.
73   Core Clean workpieces to remove dirt or excess acid, using chemical solutions, files, wire brushes, or grinders.
79   Supplemental Guide torches and rods along joints of workpieces to heat them to brazing temperature, melt braze alloys, and bond workpieces together.
79   Supplemental Adjust electric current and timing cycles of resistance welding machines to heat metals to bonding temperature.
76   Supplemental Clean equipment parts, such as tips of soldering irons, using chemical solutions or cleaning compounds.
76   Supplemental Turn valves to start flow of gases and light flames and adjust valves to obtain desired colors and sizes of flames.
76   Supplemental Brush flux onto joints of workpieces or dip braze rods into flux to prevent oxidation of metal.
74   Supplemental Remove workpieces from fixtures, using tongs, and cool workpieces, using air or water.
73   Supplemental Align and clamp workpieces together, using rules, squares, or hand tools, or position items in fixtures, jigs, or vises.
73   Supplemental Sweat together workpieces coated with solder.
72   Supplemental Smooth soldered areas with alternate strokes of paddles and torches, leaving soldered sections slightly higher than surrounding areas for later filing.
72   Supplemental Remove workpieces from molten solder and hold parts together until color indicates that solder has set.
71   Supplemental Select torch tips, flux, and brazing alloys from data charts or work orders.
71   Supplemental Turn dials to set intensity and duration of ultrasonic impulses, according to work order specifications.
70   Supplemental Dip workpieces into molten solder or place solder strips between seams and heat seams with irons to bond items together.
70   Supplemental Clean joints of workpieces with wire brushes or by dipping them into cleaning solutions.
69   Supplemental Grind, cut, buff, or bend edges of workpieces to be joined to ensure snug fit, using power grinders and hand tools.
68   Supplemental Place solder bars into containers and turn knobs to specified positions to melt solder and regulate its temperature.
67   Supplemental Cut carbon electrodes to specified sizes and shapes, using cutoff saws.
62   Supplemental Connect hoses from torches to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and specified gas fuels.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Bench vises — Vises
Blow torch — Oxyacetylene torches; Propane torches
Drilling machines — Drill presses
Induction heaters — Heating coils
Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
Positioning jig — Jigs; Soldering jigs
Power saws — Cutoff saws; Reciprocating saws
Protective gloves — Waterproof gloves
Pyrometers — Surface contact pyrometers
Safety glasses — Welding lenses
Soldering iron — Soldering irons
Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
Tube bending machine — Tube benders
Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic soldering equipment
Welder torch — Brazing equipment
Welding electrode — Welding electrodes
Welding masks — Welding shields
Welding or cutting tip — Torch tips
Workshop cranes — Jibs

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Fred's Tip Cartridge Picker *; Value Analysis *

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
47   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
45   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
44   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
42   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
37   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
33   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.
32   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.
30   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.
28   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.
28   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
23   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.
23   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.
18   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
16   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.
16   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.
16   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.
16   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.
15   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.
12   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.
12   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.
11   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.
11   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
10   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.
10   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  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.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  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.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  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.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
53   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50   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.
50   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
50   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
47   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
44   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
44   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
44   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
44   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
41   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
41   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
38   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
38   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
31   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
31   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
28   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
28   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
28   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
28   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
28   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
28   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
25   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
25   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
22   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.
19   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
16   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
13   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
13   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
13   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
66   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
63   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.
63   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.
60   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.
60   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
56   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53   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.
50   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
50   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).
47   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
47   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
47   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
47   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
47   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
47   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
44   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
44   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.
44   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.
44   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
41   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
41   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.
41   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
41   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.
38   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
38   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
35   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).
35   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.
35   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
31   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.
31   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28   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).
25   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
25   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.
25   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
25   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
22   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
22   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
22   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
19   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
19   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
19   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.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
81   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
75   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
74   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
72   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
67   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.
65   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate gas flow.
  • Adjust flow of electricity to tools or production equipment.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Braze metal parts or components.
  • Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
  • Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Reshape metal workpieces to established specifications.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
65   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
65   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
63   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
63   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.
60   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
57   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.
57   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
56   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
54   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
54   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
53   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
53   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
52   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate grinding equipment.
51   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.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
51   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
51   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
50   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
49   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
46   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
46   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
45   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.
44   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.
42   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
42   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
42   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
40   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
38   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
37   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
37   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
25   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
24   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
24   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.
24   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
23   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.
21   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
85   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?
85   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
84   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?
83   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
83   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
83   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
82   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?
74   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
72   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
71   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
69   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
68   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
67   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
61   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
59   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?
58   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
58   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?
57   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?
56   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
54   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
53   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
51   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?
51   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
49   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?
48   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?
47   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.)
46   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
45   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
42   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
40   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
39   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
36   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
35   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
34   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
33   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
30   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
29   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?
26   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
20   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
20   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?
18   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
15   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
15   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
12   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
  Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
  Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
  Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
  Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
  In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
  Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
  Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
  Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
 In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
66   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Less than high school diploma
12   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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.
17   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   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.
  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.
 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
82   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
73   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
71   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.
68   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
64   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
63   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
63   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
60   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
56   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
54   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
54   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
53   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
52   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
50   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
50   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
49   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

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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   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.
28   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
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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Related Occupations   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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51-5113.00 Print Binding and Finishing Workers
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51-9032.00 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-9041.00 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-9111.00 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
51-9121.00 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-9141.00 Semiconductor Processors
51-9195.07 Molding and Casting Workers

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.
Employment data collected from Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.
Industry data collected from Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers.

Median wages (2013) $17.66 hourly, $36,720 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 357,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 108,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (61% 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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