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49-9098.00 - Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers

Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

Sample of reported job titles: Building Equipment Operator (BEO), Facilities Maintenance Technician, General Maintenance Mechanic, Helper, Maintenance Helper, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Mechanic Helper, Trades Helper, Well Tender

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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

  • Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble broken or defective equipment to facilitate repair and reassemble equipment when repairs are complete. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hold or supply tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position vehicles, machinery, equipment, physical structures, and other objects for assembly or installation, using hand tools, power tools, and moving equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust, maintain, and repair tools, equipment, and machines, and assist more skilled workers with similar tasks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust, connect, or disconnect wiring, piping, tubing, and other parts, using hand or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean or lubricate vehicles, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools, work areas, and other objects, using hand tools, power tools, and cleaning equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble and maintain physical structures, using hand or power tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tend and observe equipment and machinery to verify efficient and safe operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply protective materials to equipment, components, and parts to prevent defects and corrosion. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order new parts to maintain inventory. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose electrical problems and install and rewire electrical components. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare work stations for use by mechanics and repairers. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Backhoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Caulking guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — Boom trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dollies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drilling machines — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders 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.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain hoists; Hi-los; Power hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Automatic levels; Carpenters' levels; Torpedo levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Bosun chairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint brushes — Paint application brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint rollers — Paint application rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels; Jackhammers; Pneumatic hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Computerized meter readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power nail guns — Power nailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Circular saws; Reciprocating saws; Saber saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders — Skip loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading machine — Pipe threading machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Overhead cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube end finisher — Tube crimping tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided design CAD software — HVAC tools software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data logging software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Facility energy management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Building automation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Atlas Construction Business Forms; 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.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. 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.
  • 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.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Move materials, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery. 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.
  • Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply protective coverings to objects or surfaces near work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install machine or equipment replacement parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair electrical components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or piping. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 61% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 46% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 11% responded “Fairly important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 24% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 35% responded “A lot of freedom.” 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 — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 16% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 72% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 21% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 17% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 19% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 23% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 73% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 83% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 18% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 21% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 13% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 31% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” 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
51   High school diploma or equivalent Help
28   Less than high school diploma
19   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.21 hourly, $25,390 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 128,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 55,900
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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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