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47-5051.00 - Rock Splitters, Quarry

Separate blocks of rough dimension stone from quarry mass using jackhammer and wedges.

Sample of reported job titles: Blaster, Driller, Quarry Worker, Rock Splitter, Splitter Operator, Stone Breaker, Stone Splitter

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Locate grain line patterns to determine how rocks will split when cut. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove pieces of stone from larger masses, using jackhammers, wedges, and other tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert wedges and feathers into holes, and drive wedges with sledgehammers to split stone sections from masses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark dimensions or outlines on stone prior to cutting, using rules and chalk lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut slabs of stone into sheets that will be used for floors or counters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set charges of explosives to split rock. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill holes along outlines, using jackhammers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill holes into sides of stones broken from masses, insert dogs or attach slings, and direct removal of stones. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut grooves along outlines, using chisels. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors — Portable air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Materials conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench dog — Grinding dogs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chain saw — Chainsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chalk lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Cape chisels; Rock chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crushers — Crushing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Demolition hammers — Chipping hammers; Hydraulic breakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Derricks — Derrick cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dump trucks — Heavy dump trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Dust suppression systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor or platform scales — Quarry scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Field forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders — Four-wheel drive front end loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammer drills — Pneumatic hammer drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Mason's hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand held rock drills — Star drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic rock drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Aerial personnel lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air hammers; Jackhammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic rock drills — Pneumatic quarry drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Core drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Concrete saws; Diamond wall saws; Floor saws; Stationary wire saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Repetitive impact systems — Rock splitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rock crushers — Quarry hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rock cutters — Rock saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders — Skid steer machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings — Chain slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Spot welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track bulldozers — Tracked bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track excavators — Tracked excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Flat wedges; Hydraulic wedges See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Maintenance reporting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Time reporting software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Drill holes in earth or rock. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut tile, stone, or other masonry materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate detonation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Break up rock, asphalt, or concrete. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 49% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 32% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 60% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 42% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 39% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 38% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 28% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 35% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 75% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 36% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 26% responded “Fairly important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 26% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Less than high school diploma
31   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

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

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $15.98 hourly, $33,240 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 5,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 1,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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