Summary Report for:
49-2092.00 - Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
Repair, maintain, or install electric motors, wiring, or switches.
Sample of reported job titles: Electric Motor Repairman, Electric Motor Winder, Electro Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic, Motor Mechanic, Power Tool Repair Technician, Repair Technician, Service Technician, Tool Repair Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Measure velocity, horsepower, revolutions per minute (rpm), amperage, circuitry, and voltage of units or parts to diagnose problems, using ammeters, voltmeters, wattmeters, and other testing devices.
- Record repairs required, parts used, and labor time.
- Reassemble repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.
- Maintain stocks of parts.
- Repair and rebuild defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
- Rewire electrical systems, and repair or replace electrical accessories.
- Inspect electrical connections, wiring, relays, charging resistance boxes, and storage batteries, following wiring diagrams.
- Read service guides to find information needed to perform repairs.
- Inspect and test equipment to locate damage or worn parts and diagnose malfunctions, or read work orders or schematic drawings to determine required repairs.
- Solder, wrap, and coat wires to ensure proper insulation.
- Assemble electrical parts such as alternators, generators, starting devices, and switches, following schematic drawings and using hand, machine, and power tools.
- Lubricate moving parts.
- Remove and replace defective parts such as coil leads, carbon brushes, and wires, using soldering equipment.
- Disassemble defective equipment so that repairs can be made, using hand tools.
- Lift units or parts such as motors or generators, using cranes or chain hoists, or signal crane operators to lift heavy parts or subassemblies.
- Weld, braze, or solder electrical connections.
- Reface, ream, and polish commutators and machine parts to specified tolerances, using machine tools.
- Adjust working parts, such as fan belts, contacts, and springs, using hand tools and gauges.
- Clean cells, cell assemblies, glassware, leads, electrical connections, and battery poles, using scrapers, steam, water, emery cloths, power grinders, or acid.
- Scrape and clean units or parts, using cleaning solvents and equipment such as buffing wheels.
- Rewind coils on cores in slots, or make replacement coils, using coil-winding machines.
- Cut and form insulation, and insert insulation into armature, rotor, or stator slots.
- Set machinery for proper performance, using computers.
- Drain and filter transformer oil and refill transformers with oil until coils are submerged.
- Position and level battery cells, anodes, or cathodes, using hoists or leveling jacks, or signal other workers to perform positioning and leveling.
- Verify and adjust alignments and dimensions of parts, using gauges and tracing lathes.
- Test equipment for overheating, using speed gauges and thermometers.
- Bolt porcelain insulators to wood parts to assemble hot stools.
- Pour compounds into transformer-case terminal openings to seal out moisture.
- Test conditions, fluid levels, and specific gravities of electrolyte cells, using voltmeters, hydrometers, and thermometers.
- Clean, rinse, and dry transformer cases, using boiling water, scrapers, solvents, hoses, and cloths.
- Inspect batteries for structural defects such as dented cans, damaged carbon rods and terminals, and defective seals.
- Steam-clean polishing and buffing wheels to remove abrasives and bonding materials, and spray, brush, or recoat surfaces as necessary.
- Test battery charges, and replace or recharge batteries as necessary.
- Repair and operate battery-charging equipment.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers — Pump pliers
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
- Alternating current AC arc welder — Electric welders
- Ammeters — Bench ammeters; Clamp ammeters; Volt-ammeters
- Angle grinder — Commutator undercutters
- Aqueous cleaning and washing equipment — Parts washers
- Armature tester — Bar-to-bar testers; Winding testers
- Bearing fitting tool kits — Bearing puller sets; Bearing setting tools
- Bench grinder — Bench grinders
- Braze welding machine — Brazing machines
- Carburetor balancer — Carburetor synchronizers
- Chamfering machine — Chamfer mills; Slot shavers
- Cutters — Insulation trimmers
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal-cutting pliers
- Dip tanks
- Dynamometers — Power dynamometers
- Electrical coil winding machine — Armature winders; Electric coil winders
- Electrolytic bath machine — Electro-brush platers
- End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
- Feeler gauges — Armature air gap gauges
- Forklifts — Forklift trucks
- Grinders — Commutator grinders
- Growler tester — Growler armature testers
- Hacksaw — Rubber-grip hacksaws
- Heat treating age hardening furnace — Bake ovens
- Hydraulic hand crimp tool — Hydraulic wire crimpers
- Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers
- Knurling tool — Knurling tool attachments
- Laser measuring systems — Alignment lasers
- Levels — Torpedo levels
- Longnose pliers — Longnosed pliers
- Mallets — Rawhide mallets
- Manual press brake — Arbor presses
- Manual wire straighteners — Lamination tooth straighteners
- Megohmmeters — Meggers
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Nut drivers — Nut wrenches
- Ohmmeters — Analog ohmmeters; Digital ohmmeters
- Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes
- Paint application system — Paint booths
- Personal computers
- Phasemeters — Phase rotation indicators
- Plasma arc welding machine — Gas welders
- Pneumatic grinders — Air grinders
- Pocket knives — Electricians' knives
- Power grinders — Handheld power grinders
- Rubber mallet — Dead blow hammers; Nylon hammers
- Sawing and cut-off machine — Coil cut-off machines
- Saws — Hand saws
- Screwdrivers — Cabinet-tip screwdrivers; Conduit-fitting and reaming screwdrivers; Keystone-tip screwdrivers; Square-recess tip screwdrivers
- Shears — Winder's shears
- Shot blasting machine — Abrasive blasting machines; Dry ice blasters
- Soldering iron — Cordless soldering irons
- Sound detector — Repairman's stethoscopes
- Stripping tools — Automatic wire strippers; Handheld wire strippers; Twin wheel wire strippers
- Tablet computers
- Tachometers — Digital tachometers
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Thermal imager — Thermal cameras
- Threading machine — Threaders
- Utility knives
- Vacuum impregnation or porosity sealing device — Vacuum impregnators
- Var meter — Core-loss testers
- Vibration testers — Portable vibration testers; Vibration analyzers
- Voltage or current meters — Bench voltmeters; Light emitting diode LED voltage tester; Neon voltage testers; Surge testers (see all 6 examples)
- Wedges — Wedge drivers
- Wire brushes — Slot cleaning brushes
- Wire cutters
- Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Commutator profiling software; Motor testing software
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software; Microsoft Access
- Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- 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.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- 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.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- 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.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- 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.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- 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.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- 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.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
Detailed Work Activities
- Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
- Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
- Repair defective engines or engine components.
- Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
- Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
- Fabricate parts or components.
- Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
- Reassemble equipment after repair.
- Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
- Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
- Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Repair electronic equipment.
- Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
- Maintain repair or maintenance records.
- Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
- Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Solder parts or connections between parts.
- Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
- Install insulation in equipment or structures.
- Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
- Braze metal parts or components.
- Measure equipment outputs.
- Level machines or equipment.
- Remove dents from equipment, materials, tools or structures.
- Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
- Bolt objects into place.
- Rebuild parts or components.
- Remove parts or components from equipment.
- Repair electrical components.
- Rewire electrical or electronic systems.
- Prepare compounds or solutions to be used for repairs.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 85% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 89% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 78% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 84% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 78% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 77% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 55% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 67% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 59% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 41% responded “More than half the time.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 46% responded “Extremely important.”
- Contact With Others — 18% responded “Occasional contact with others.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 36% responded “Important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “Some freedom.”
- Time Pressure — 70% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 38% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 24% responded “Important.”
- Consequence of Error — 34% responded “Serious.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 30% responded “High responsibility.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 21% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 30% responded “More than half the time.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 26% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 32% responded “Moderate results.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 23% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 25% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 38% responded “About half the time.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|44||High school diploma or equivalent|
|10||Less than high school diploma|
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.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- 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.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$18.85 hourly, $39,220 annual|
|Employment (2012)||21,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Decline (-3% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||3,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.