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49-9045.00 - Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons

Build or repair equipment such as furnaces, kilns, cupolas, boilers, converters, ladles, soaking pits and ovens, using refractory materials.

Sample of reported job titles: Bricker, Cell Reliner, Cupola Repairer, Furnace Repairer, Hot Repairman, Ladle Liner, Ladle Repairman, Refractory Bricklayer, Refractory Technician, Refractory Worker

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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

Tasks

  • Reline or repair ladles and pouring spouts with refractory clay, using trowels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Chip slag from linings of ladles or remove linings when beyond repair, using hammers and chisels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, mortar powder, and water to form refractory clay or mortar, using shovels or mixing machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure furnace walls to determine dimensions and cut required number of sheets from plastic block, using saws. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tighten locknuts holding refractory stopper assemblies together, spread mortar on jackets to seal sleeve joints, and dry mortar in ovens. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dry and bake new linings by placing inverted linings over burners, building fires in ladles, or by using blowtorches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove worn or damaged plastic block refractory linings of furnaces, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fasten stopper heads to rods with metal pins to assemble refractory stoppers used to plug pouring nozzles of steel ladles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Climb scaffolding, carrying hoses, and spray surfaces of cupolas with refractory mixtures, using spray equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill holes in furnace walls, bolt overlapping layers of plastic to walls, and hammer surfaces to compress layers into solid sheets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spread mortar on stopper heads and rods, using trowels, and slide brick sleeves over rods to form refractory jackets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dump and tamp clay in molds, using tamping tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble molds, and cut, chip, and smooth clay structures such as floaters, drawbars, and L-blocks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transfer clay structures to curing ovens, melting tanks, and drawing kilns, using forklifts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Backhoes — Trackhoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Conveyor belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete transport truck — Mixer trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — Boom trucks; Lift trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor idlers — Return idlers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dump trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry ladles — Foundry transfer ladles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders — Wheeled front-end loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Furnace control console — Burner management systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Furnaces — Feed fired heaters; Rotary kilns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Helical blade mixer — Horizontal helical blade mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jib crane — Floor-mounted jib cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Puck mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mortar pump — Variable speed mortar pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead crane — Electric overhead traveling EOT crane See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Cordless power grinders; Rotary tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power nibbler — Cordless power nibblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Brick cutting saws; Cordless saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rangefinders — Trough finders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Heavy duty shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders — Skid steer tractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stonemason hammer — Brick hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Masonry trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wet scrubbers — Acid scrubbers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Maintenance management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Time tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word 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.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. 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 Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair 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.
  • Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure distances or dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install hardware or other interior fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move large objects using heavy equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Bolt objects into place. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions to be used for repairs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 100% 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 — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 96% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 96% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 58% responded “Continually or almost continually.” 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 — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 17% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 64% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 48% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 27% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 52% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 32% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 54% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 23% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 49% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 20% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 33% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 46% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 26% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
75   High school diploma or equivalent Help
17   Post-secondary certificate Help
7   Some college, no degree

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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

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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) $21.59 hourly, $44,910 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 2,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 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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