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49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

Sample of reported job titles: A Class Lineman, Apprentice Lineman Third Step, Class A Lineman, Electric Lineman, Electrical Lineman (Power), Electrical Lineworker, Journeyman Lineman, Lineman, Lineworker, Power Lineman

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Tasks

  • Adhere to safety practices and procedures, such as checking equipment regularly and erecting barriers around work areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test conductors, according to electrical diagrams and specifications, to identify corresponding conductors and to prevent incorrect connections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open switches or attach grounding devices to remove electrical hazards from disturbed or fallen lines or to facilitate repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Climb poles or use truck-mounted buckets to access equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive vehicles equipped with tools and materials to job sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify defective sectionalizing devices, circuit breakers, fuses, voltage regulators, transformers, switches, relays, or wiring, using wiring diagrams and electrical-testing instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install, maintain, and repair electrical distribution and transmission systems, including conduits, cables, wires, and related equipment, such as transformers, circuit breakers, and switches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dig holes, using augers, and set poles, using cranes and power equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place insulating or fireproofing materials over conductors and joints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install watt-hour meters and connect service drops between power lines and consumers' facilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Travel in trucks, helicopters, and airplanes to inspect lines for freedom from obstruction and adequacy of insulation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Splice or solder cables together or to overhead transmission lines, customer service lines, or street light lines, using hand tools, epoxies, or specialized equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • String wire conductors and cables between poles, towers, trenches, pylons, and buildings, setting lines in place and using winches to adjust tension. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and test power lines and auxiliary equipment to locate and identify problems, using reading and testing instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach cross-arms, insulators, and auxiliary equipment to poles prior to installing them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate work assignment preparation and completion with other workers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace or straighten damaged poles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim trees that could be hazardous to the functioning of cables or wires. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduit running through the trenches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, tin, and splice corresponding conductors by twisting ends together or by joining ends with metal clamps and soldering connections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut and peel lead sheathing and insulation from defective or newly installed cables and conduits prior to splicing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut trenches for laying underground cables, using trenchers and cable plows. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Backhoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Power borers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cable clamp and staple — Jumper clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cable reels — Reel jacks; Tension machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit breakers — Load break tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Continuity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tracers — Line tracers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conduit benders — Cable benders; Hand benders; Hydraulic benders; Power benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — Truck-mounted cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Detection apparatus for non metallic objects — Non-metallic NM cable locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill bit set — Drill bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dump trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers — Digital dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical insulators — Arc suppression blankets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical power sensors — Charge-actuated spiking tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical resistance or conductance sensors — Ground testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extension pole — Pike poles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fiber optic test sources — Optical power meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire blankets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire retardant apparel — Fire retardant clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fish tape — Fish tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flatbed trailers — Power reel trailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fuse pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Toxic gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Portable generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gin pole and accessories — Gin poles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grab hooks — Climbing hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grounding devices or assemblies — Running grounds; Static discharge sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grounding hardware — Grounding devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand drill bit for wood — Auger bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Hand reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Conductive clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat tracing equipment — Infrared guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Capstan hoists; Overhead hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic shears — Hydraulic cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Chain jacks; Pole 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.
  • Levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifelines or lifeline equipment — Lifelines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifting hooks — Cant hooks; Peaveys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Hand lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light pickup trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linemans pliers — Insulated pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lug crimping tool dies — Compression tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mask or respirators filters or accessories — Breathing protection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Megohmmeters 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.
  • Pad or keyhole saw — Keyhole saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Phasemeters — Phase rotation meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pick or place robots — Robotic arms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platform lift — Material handling aerial devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air hammers; Ground rod drivers; Jackhammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers — Potential testing meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Concrete drills; Gas drills; Hammer drills; Hydraulic drills (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws; Saber saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power screwguns — Electric screw guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Asbestos gloves; Insulated gloves; Leather gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Crowbars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Comealongs; Elbow pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Knockout punches; Punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Recreational motorboats — Boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflectometers — Time domain reflectometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Bashlin belts; Fall arrest harnesses; Pole belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes — Climbing spikes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Buck saws; Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings — Lifting slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowmobiles or snow scooter — Snowmobiles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spades — Digging spades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Insulated wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strap wrenches — Nylon strap wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Cable strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tampers — Hydraulic tampers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescoping boom lift — Radial boom derrick trucks; Telescoping boom trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs — Wire tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traffic signals — Arrow boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trenching machines — Trenchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Insulated knives; Insulated skinning knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Current leakage meters; Digital recording amp meters; Digital voltmeters DVM; Insulator testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel bulldozers — Wheeled bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel chocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Wire tuggers 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.
  • Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters; Insulated cable cutters; Ratchet cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood chisels See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing 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.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • 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.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. 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.

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Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. 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.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Align equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Control power supply connections. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dig holes or trenches. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lay cables to connect equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install metering equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Run wiring to connect equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 99% 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 — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 77% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 55% 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 — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 74% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 22% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 55% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 41% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 56% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 72% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 19% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 35% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 52% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 46% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 42% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 46% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 33% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” 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
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Not available Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Related Occupations

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $31.70 hourly, $65,930 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 115,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 49,900
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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