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49-3042.00 - Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

Sample of reported job titles: Construction Equipment Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Equipment Technician, Field Mechanic, Field Service Technician, Field Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Heavy Equipment Technician, Mechanic, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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Tasks

  • Repair and replace damaged or worn parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test mechanical products and equipment after repair or assembly to ensure proper performance and compliance with manufacturers' specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, lubricate, and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Overhaul and test machines or equipment to ensure operating efficiency. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fit bearings to adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose faults or malfunctions to determine required repairs, using engine diagnostic equipment such as computerized test equipment and calibration devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine parts for damage or excessive wear, using micrometers and gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair, rewire, and troubleshoot electrical systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust, maintain, and repair or replace subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks, and cranes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean parts by spraying them with grease solvent or immersing them in tanks of solvent. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct workers who are assembling or disassembling equipment or cleaning parts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers — Dual action pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable monkey wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust emission analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery chargers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery testers — Handheld battery testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Boring bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches — Offset box wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps — Hose clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Test lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crows foot wrench — Crowfoot wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital testers — Electronic engine analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — End nippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine or vehicle stands — Jack stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame cutting machine — Flame cutting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welders; Oxyacetylene welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns 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 sprayers — Solvent sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous material protective clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches; Hex key sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Leak detection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Hydraulic lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linemans pliers — Lineman's pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid leak detectors — Leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Hose-clamp pliers; Locking C-clamp pliers; Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — On board computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Clamp-on multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters 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.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Pitch gauges; Screw pitch gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Impact air wrenches; Pneumatic ratchets; Pneumatic wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Hand held diagnostic computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power screwguns — Cordless screwdrivers; Electronic screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Brass drifts; Center punches; Punch sets; Three-pin punches (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Retaining ring pliers — Snap ring pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety boots — Hard-toed shoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screw extractors — Screw extractor sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Ratcheting screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers 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 — Groove joint/water pump pliers; Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Socket wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Brake bleeder wrenches; Breaker bars; Flare nut wrenches; Oil filter wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torx keys — Torx screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel alignment equipment — Wheel alignment gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Recordkeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Maintenance management 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Supervise employees. 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.
  • Align equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain work 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.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dismantle heavy equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule repair, installation or maintenance activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair electrical components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rewire electrical or electronic systems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 98% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 98% responded “Every day.” 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 — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 79% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 58% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 63% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 57% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 55% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 46% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 51% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 38% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 35% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 30% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 52% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 33% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 40% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 41% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 31% responded “Never.” 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
57   Post-secondary certificate Help
15   High school diploma or equivalent Help
14   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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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

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.

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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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. 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) $22.88 hourly, $47,580 annual
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Employment (2012) 119,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 46,700
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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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