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17-3024.00 - Electro-Mechanical Technicians

Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Electro-Mechanic, Electro-Mechanical Technician (E/M Technician), Electronic Technician, Engineering Technician, Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician), Maintenance Technician, Mechanical Technician, Product Test Specialist, Test Technician, Tester

Also see: Robotics Technicians

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
82   Core
Test performance of electromechanical assemblies, using test instruments such as oscilloscopes, electronic voltmeters, or bridges.
81   Core
Read blueprints, schematics, diagrams, or technical orders to determine methods and sequences of assembly.
78   Core
Inspect parts for surface defects.
77   Core
Install electrical or electronic parts and hardware in housings or assemblies, using soldering equipment and hand tools.
75   Core
Verify part dimensions or clearances to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
72   Core
Align, fit, or assemble component parts, using hand or power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
83   Supplemental
Develop, test, or program new robots.
80   Supplemental
Prepare written documentation of electromechanical test results.
74   Supplemental
Repair, rework, or calibrate hydraulic or pneumatic assemblies or systems to meet operational specifications or tolerances.
69   Supplemental
Operate, test, or maintain robotic equipment used for green production applications, such as waste-to-energy conversion systems, minimization of material waste, or replacement of human operators in dangerous work environments.  Green Task Statement
64   Supplemental
Train others to install, use, or maintain robots.
58   Supplemental
Operate metalworking machines to fabricate housings, jigs, fittings, or fixtures.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Brushless motor DC — Direct current DC power supplies
  • Conductivity meters — Conductivity sensors
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters
  • Force or torque sensors — Force gauges
  • Frequency analyzers — Spectrum analyzers
  • Goggles — Protective goggles
  • Hammers
  • Hex keys — Hex wrenches
  • Hipot testers
  • Laser measuring systems — Laser alignment tools
  • Loadcells — Load cells
  • Megohmmeters
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Pipe bending tools — Pipe benders
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges; Pressure sensors
  • Screwdrivers
  • Signal generators — Function generators
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering iron — Soldering equipment
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment
  • Squares — Framing squares
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes
  • Thermocouples
  • Threading machine — Pipe threading machines
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Circuit simulation software
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks; PTC Creo Parametric Hot technology
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access Hot technology
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Manufacturing resource planning MRP software; Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management PLM; SAP Hot technology
  • Industrial control software — Human machine interface HMI software; Motion control software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software — Linux Hot technology ; UNIX Hot technology
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Program testing software — Rockwell RSLogix
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
71 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
70 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
63 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
60 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
53 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
48 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
45 
Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
40 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
36 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
36 
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.
36 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
19 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
19 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
19 
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.
18 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
13 
Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
12 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
11 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
10 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
9 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
8 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
7 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
6 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
5 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
5 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
5 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
5 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
5 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
4 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
3 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
3 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
2 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
2 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
72 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
72 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
72 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
69 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
60 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
60 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
56 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
56 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
56 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
53 
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.
53 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
53 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
53 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
50 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
50 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
47 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
47 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
47 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
47 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
44 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
35 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
35 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
31 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
31 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
28 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
25 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
72 
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.
72 
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.
72 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69 
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.
66 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
66 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
66 
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).
66 
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.
66 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
63 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
63 
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.
60 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
60 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56 
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.
56 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
56 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
56 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
53 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
53 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
53 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
50 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
50 
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.
47 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
47 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
44 
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.
44 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44 
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.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
41 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
41 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
41 
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.
38 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
35 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
31 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
25 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
25 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
25 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
19 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
19 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
19 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
16 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
13 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
6 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
6 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
3 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
84 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
79 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
75 
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.
71 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
71 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
69 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
68 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
67 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
67 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
66 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
66 
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.
66 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
64 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
64 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
63 
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.
61 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
61 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
58 
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.
52 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
52 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
52 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
49 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
48 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
46 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
46 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
43 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
42 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
42 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
40 
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.
39 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
39 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
38 
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
37 
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.
33 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
30 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
29 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
28 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
25 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
19 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
11 
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.
8 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems.
  • Program robotic equipment.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Document design or operational test results.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
  • Maintain electromechanical equipment.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Assemble equipment or components.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
  • Fabricate products or components using machine tools.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


85     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


67     Extremely important
26     Very important
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


60     Continually or almost continually
32     More than half the time
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


59     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


78     Every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


59     Constant contact with others
27     Contact with others most of the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


71     More than 40 hours
24     40 hours
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


54     Extremely important
29     Very important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


68     Every day
23     Once a year or more but not every month
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


69     Every day
13     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


45     Extremely important
26     Very important
18     Important
11     Fairly important
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


21     Highly competitive
19     Moderately competitive
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


41     Every day
12     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


47     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Never
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


22     Very important results
12     Moderate results
13     Minor results
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


58     Every day
19     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


45     Extremely serious
26     Serious
14     Fairly serious
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


36     Extremely important
15     Very important
34     Important
16     Fairly important
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


25     Every day
41     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


31     Never
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


40     A lot of freedom
24     Some freedom
15     Limited freedom
19     No freedom
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


28     Every day
32     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


11     Very close (near touching)
46     Moderately close (at arm's length)
29     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


20     Very high responsibility
25     High responsibility
42     Moderate responsibility
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


29     Very high responsibility
23     High responsibility
20     Moderate responsibility
22     Limited responsibility
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


11     Once a year or more but not every month
30     Never
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


16     A lot of freedom
31     Some freedom
20     Limited freedom
33     Very little freedom
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


38     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
39     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


15     Continually or almost continually
18     More than half the time
38     About half the time
23     Less than half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


29     Continually or almost continually
14     More than half the time
18     About half the time
21     Less than half the time
19     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


24     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


12     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


24     Continually or almost continually
18     About half the time
42     Less than half the time
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


31     Once a week or more but not every day
36     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


24     Continually or almost continually
16     About half the time
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


20     Extremely important
14     Very important
31     Fairly important
26     Not important at all
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


13     Every day
15     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


17     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
47     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


17     Extremely important
23     Very important
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


14     Continually or almost continually
14     About half the time
12     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


17     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
47     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


31     Moderately automated
45     Not at all automated
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
43     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


13     Every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
47     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


14     More than half the time
25     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


22     Once a week or more but not every day
64     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


17     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


24     Once a month or more but not every week
61     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


17     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


14     About half the time
27     Less than half the time
54     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


18     Once a month or more but not every week
68     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


29     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
71     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


23     Once a month or more but not every week
77     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


94     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
41   Associate's degree
30   Post-secondary certificate Help
13   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
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.
72 
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.
67 
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.
22 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
6 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
92 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
87 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
86 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
86 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
81 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
81 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
80 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
79 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
76 
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.
75 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
75 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
73 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
64 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
64 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
59 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
51 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
72 
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.
67 
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.
50 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
50 
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.
45 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
39 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $25.65 hourly, $53,340 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 15,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 3,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Manufacturing (48% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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