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49-3011.00 - Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Includes helicopter and aircraft engine specialists.

Sample of reported job titles: Aircraft Maintenance Director, Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor, Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Aircraft Maintenance Tech), Aircraft Mechanic, Aircraft Restorer, Aircraft Technician, Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (A and P Mechanic), Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), Aviation Mechanic, Helicopter Mechanic

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Tasks

  • Examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Modify aircraft structures, space vehicles, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect airframes for wear or other defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain fuel and oil samples and check them for contamination. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain, repair, and rebuild aircraft structures, functional components, and parts such as wings and fuselage, rigging, hydraulic units, oxygen systems, fuel systems, electrical systems, gaskets, and seals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace or repair worn, defective, or damaged components, using hand tools, gauges, and testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and interpret pilots' descriptions of problems to diagnose causes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test operation of engines and other systems, using test equipment such as ignition analyzers, compression checkers, distributor timers, and ammeters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure the tension of control cables. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread plastic film over areas to be repaired to prevent damage to surrounding areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove or install aircraft engines, using hoists or forklift trucks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble and install electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hydraulic, and structural components and accessories, using hand or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate and mark dimensions and reference lines on defective or replacement parts, using templates, scribes, compasses, and steel rules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate defective sections or parts, using metal fabricating machines, saws, brakes, shears, and grinders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble engines following repair or inspection and reinstall engines in aircraft. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Service and maintain aircraft and related apparatus by performing activities such as flushing crankcases, cleaning screens, and lubricating moving parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, refuel, and change oil in line service aircraft. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim and shape replacement body sections to specified sizes and fits and secure sections in place, using adhesives, hand tools, and power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Accompany aircraft on flights to make in-flight adjustments and corrections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove or cut out defective parts or drill holes to gain access to internal defects or damage, using drills and punches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install and align repaired or replacement parts for subsequent riveting or welding, using clamps and wrenches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inventory and requisition or order supplies, parts, materials, and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, strip, prime, and sand structural surfaces and materials to prepare them for bonding. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate fitting and alignment of heavy parts, or to facilitate processing of repair parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine engines through specially designed openings while working from ladders or scaffolds, or use hoists or lifts to remove the entire engine from an aircraft. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check for corrosion, distortion, and invisible cracks in the fuselage, wings, and tail, using x-ray and magnetic inspection equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble engines and inspect parts, such as turbine blades and cylinders, for corrosion, wear, warping, cracks, and leaks, using precision measuring instruments, x-rays, and magnetic inspection equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cure bonded structures, using portable or stationary curing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Listen to operating engines to detect and diagnose malfunctions such as sticking or burned valves. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean engines, sediment bulk and screens, and carburetors, adjusting carburetor float levels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine repair limits for engine hot section parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove, inspect, repair, and install in-flight refueling stores and external fuel tanks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and paint aircraft surfaces. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Aircraft pushback or tow tractors — Tow vehicles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Alignment jig — Aligning jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bastard cut file — Bastard files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches — End wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cable splicing kits — Cable splicing knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Resistance meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Continuity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Flat chisels; Straight chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Dividers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers; Reversible safety wire pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital testers — Digital diagnostic equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill bit set — Drill bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Hearing protectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — End cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat nose pliers — Duck bill pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Acetylene welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Welding goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ground power units for aircraft — External power units; Internal power units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Plastic tip hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hold down clamps — Cleco pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Integrated maintenance information systems — Aircraft maintenance management systems; LTB/400 maintenance management system; MxManager; S.M.A.R.T aircraft maintenance tracking (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Aircraft lifting jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Aircraft test stands; Mechanical lifts; Power lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment — Magnetic inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Manlifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Brakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Offset left aviation snips; Offset right aviation snips; Sheet metal breakers; Straight cut aviation snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microprocessors — Ignition analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nibblers — Hand nibblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Air drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers; Wearable data input systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Cordless drills; Electric drills; Hand drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power riveter — Rivet guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pull spring balances — Spring balance scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Brass punches; Center punches; Pin punches; Taper punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pyrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rectifiers — Portable rectifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Bucking bars; Pneumatic riveters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screw extractors — Screw extractor sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Flat blade screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Ratcheting screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers — Machinists' double point scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Power shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Aviation spark plug sockets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Ignition wrench sets; Speed wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Timing lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Combination squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Templates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Compound leverage snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch pads — Touch screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Electrical current meters; Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wearable computing devices — Portable maintenance aids mobile computing devices; Wearable computers; Wearable point and click devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire twister — Safety wire pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — DatcoMedia Ebis See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Analytical or scientific software — CaseBank SpotLight; CynapSys Virtual DER; Engine analysis software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Metis Systems MainTrack; Mxi Technologies Maintenix; Pentagon 2000SQL; Sacramento Sky Ranch Mechanic's Toolbox See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Tracware AeroTrac See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Access Software AIRPAX; Maintenance information databases; Maintenance planning software; Maintenance record software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Computerized aircraft log manager CALM software; Technical manual database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Supply system software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. 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.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. 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.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. 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.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. 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.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Paint surfaces or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect structural components of vehicles to identify problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install machine or equipment replacement parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective coverings to objects or surfaces near work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test fluids to identify contamination or other problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lay out work according to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move large objects using heavy equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install piping for installation or maintenance activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove parts or components from equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 66% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 72% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 73% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 55% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 17% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 26% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 37% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 30% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 67% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
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  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 25% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 64% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 25% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 35% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 19% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 58% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 38% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 64% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 18% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 30% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 31% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 27% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
60   Post-secondary certificate Help
25   Associate's degree
12   High school diploma or equivalent Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology; Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician; Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

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

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $27.40 hourly, $56,990 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 122,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 35,600
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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