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47-2011.00 - Boilermakers

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.

Sample of reported job titles: Boiler Maker, Boiler Mechanic, Boiler Repairman, Boiler Service Technician, Boiler Technician, Boilermaker, Boilermaker Mechanic, Boilermaker Pipe Fitter, Boilermaker Welder, Service Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
83   Core
Attach rigging and signal crane or hoist operators to lift heavy frame and plate sections or other parts into place.
81   Core
Study blueprints to determine locations, relationships, or dimensions of parts.
78   Core
Repair or replace defective pressure vessel parts, such as safety valves or regulators, using torches, jacks, caulking hammers, power saws, threading dies, welding equipment, or metalworking machinery.
77   Core
Locate and mark reference points for columns or plates on boiler foundations, following blueprints and using straightedges, squares, transits, or measuring instruments.
76   Core
Bolt or arc weld pressure vessel structures and parts together, using wrenches or welding equipment.
73   Core
Position, align, and secure structural parts or related assemblies to boiler frames, tanks, or vats of pressure vessels, following blueprints.
72   Core
Install manholes, handholes, taps, tubes, valves, gauges, or feedwater connections in drums of water tube boilers, using hand tools.
72   Core
Shape or fabricate parts, such as stacks, uptakes, or chutes, to adapt pressure vessels, heat exchangers, or piping to premises, using heavy-metalworking machines such as brakes, rolls, or drill presses.
72   Core
Assemble large vessels in an on-site fabrication shop prior to installation to ensure proper fit.
71   Core
Lay out plate, sheet steel, or other heavy metal and locate and mark bending and cutting lines, using protractors, compasses, and drawing instruments or templates.
70   Core
Examine boilers, pressure vessels, tanks, or vats to locate defects, such as leaks, weak spots, or defective sections, so that they can be repaired.
69   Core
Shape seams, joints, or irregular edges of pressure vessel sections or structural parts to attain specified fit of parts, using cutting torches, hammers, files, or metalworking machines.
69   Core
Inspect assembled vessels or individual components, such as tubes, fittings, valves, controls, or auxiliary mechanisms, to locate any defects.
66   Core
Straighten or reshape bent pressure vessel plates or structure parts, using hammers, jacks, or torches.
65   Core
Install refractory bricks or other heat-resistant materials in fireboxes of pressure vessels.
61   Core
Clean pressure vessel equipment, using scrapers, wire brushes, and cleaning solvents.
72   Supplemental
Bell, bead with power hammers, or weld pressure vessel tube ends to ensure leakproof joints.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology
  • Computer based training software — Health and safety training software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
  • 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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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable crescent wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Air manifolds
  • Air samplers or collectors — Atmospheric testing equipment
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
  • Below the hook device — Beam clamps; Spreader beams
  • Bench vises
  • Bevels — Sliding t-bevels
  • Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment; Chain pulleys
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches; Cutting torches; Oxygen lances; Pre-heating torches
  • Bolt cutters
  • Box end wrenches
  • C clamps — Ground clamps
  • Calipers — Vernier calipers
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels — Metal-cutting chisels; Serrating tools; Splitting chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Compasses — Dividers; Trammel points
  • Demolition hammers — Chipping hammers
  • Desktop computers
  • Drill gauge — Drill point gauges
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses
  • Drive pins — Bull pins
  • Ear plugs
  • Electrode holder — Electrode holders
  • End cut pliers — End cutting pliers; Side cutting pliers
  • Fans — Ventilation fans
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire retardant apparel — Fire retardant coveralls
  • Flashback arrestor — Flashback arrestors
  • Forklifts
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Electrode ovens; Welding adaptors
  • Girder trolleys — Beam trolleys
  • Goggles — Safety goggles
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws
  • Hammers — Lead hammers; Non-sparking hammers; Soft face hammers
  • Hand clamps — Bar clamps
  • Hand reamer — Tube wall reducing tools
  • Hand sprayers — Catalyst dispensers
  • Hard hats
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches
  • Hoists — Chain falls; Chain hoists; Pneumatic hoists; Utility hoists (see all 5 examples)
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic boom trucks
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks; Screw jacks; Steamboat ratchet jacks
  • Laboratory heaters — Heat lamps
  • Ladders
  • Lasers — Digital lasers
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels
  • Levels — Digital levels; Engineers' levels; Laser levels; Spirit levels (see all 5 examples)
  • Lighters — Friction lighters
  • Loading equipment — Plate clamps; Swivel hoist rings; Wire rope pullers
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers
  • Longnose pliers
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Swing stages
  • Manual press brake — Brakes
  • Masks or accessories — Dust masks
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Metal markers or holders — Contour markers
  • Micrometers
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
  • Milling machines — Tube milling machines
  • Multi gas monitors — Atmospheric monitoring devices
  • Nibblers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe and tubing cutters
  • Pipe vises
  • Pipe wrenches — Adjustable pipe wrenches
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma arc welding equipment
  • Platform lift — Staging equipment
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic drills
  • Pneumatic grinders — Air grinders; Beveling machines
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air hammers
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Air scalers; Sandblasters
  • Power buffers — Buffing tools
  • Power flaring tool — Flaring tools
  • Power grinders
  • Power saws — Circular saws; Cutoff saws; Jig saws; Reciprocating saws
  • Pressure indicators — Hydrostatic testers; Needle pressure gauges
  • Protective coveralls — Leather protective clothing
  • Protective gloves
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Pullers — Hydraulic stub pullers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Blacksmiths' punches; Center punches; Pin punches; Tube drifts (see all 5 examples)
  • Putty knives
  • Resin guns — Resin spray guns
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators — Full-face respirators; Half-face respirators; Respiratory protection equipment
  • Safety glasses — Clear lenses; Filtered lenses
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Full body harnesses
  • Saws — Hand saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Scales — Scale rules
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts
  • Screwdrivers
  • Scribers
  • Shackle — Shackles
  • Shears
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Air carbon arc cutting equipment; Shielded arc welding tools
  • Single gas monitors — Carbon dioxide CO2 meters; Oxygen concentration meters
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers
  • Slings
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
  • Specialty wrenches — Chain wrenches; Hammer wrenches; Spud wrenches
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding machines
  • Squares — Combination squares; Framing squares
  • Straight edges — Straightedges
  • Strap wrenches
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes
  • Telescoping boom lift — Telescoping lifts
  • Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges
  • Temperature indicating stick — Temperature sticks
  • Threading taps — Tap sets
  • Tinners snips — Metal-cutting snips
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Bench lathes
  • Tube end finisher — Tube end facers
  • Tube wrenches — Tube pullers
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Wedges
  • Welding electrode — Stick electrodes
  • Welding generator — Welding distribution panels
  • Welding masks — Welding shields
  • Welding or brazing tip cleaner file — Welding tip cleaning files
  • Welding or cutting tip — Welding tips
  • Welding regulator oxygen — Welding oxygen regulators
  • Welding robots — Computer-controlled welding equipment
  • Wire brushes
  • Workshop cranes — Hydraulic cranes
  • X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
77 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
77 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
72 
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.
71 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
71 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
53 
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.
50 
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.
48 
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.
48 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
47 
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.
45 
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.
44 
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.
36 
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.
35 
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.
35 
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.
33 
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.
30 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
28 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
26 
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.
25 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
22 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
19 
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.
18 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
17 
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.
15 
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.
13 
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.
8 
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.
7 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
6 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
5 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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.
0 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
0 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
69 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
66 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
63 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
60 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
60 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
56 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
56 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
53 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
53 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50 
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.
50 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
50 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
44 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
44 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
44 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
44 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
41 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
38 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
35 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
35 
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.
31 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
31 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
28 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
25 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
22 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
13 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
0 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
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 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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).
72 
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.
69 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69 
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 
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.
63 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
60 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
60 
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.
60 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
56 
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).
56 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
53 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
50 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
50 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
50 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50 
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.
50 
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.
50 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
50 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
47 
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.
47 
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).
47 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
47 
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.
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 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
44 
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.
44 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
41 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
41 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
35 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
35 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
35 
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.
35 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
31 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
31 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
28 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
28 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
25 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
25 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
22 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
16 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
10 
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
89 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
89 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
86 
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.
85 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
83 
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.
81 
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.
81 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
80 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
77 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
76 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
75 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
73 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
73 
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.
73 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
72 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
71 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
71 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
66 
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.
65 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
62 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
60 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
59 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
59 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
57 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
56 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
56 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
55 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
53 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
50 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
43 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
42 
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.
41 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
38 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
36 
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.
36 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
36 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
34 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
29 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
28 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
27 
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.
14 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly.
  • Weld metal components.
  • Install metal structural components.
  • Position structural components.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Assemble products or production equipment.
  • Install gauges or controls.
  • Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Install masonry materials.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
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?


88     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
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?


77     Continually or almost continually
18     More than half the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


70     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
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?


69     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


50     Every day
39     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


54     Continually or almost continually
36     More than half the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


43     Extremely important
48     Very important
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


42     Every day
54     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


76     Every day
15     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


44     Very high responsibility
38     High responsibility
14     Moderate responsibility
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?


40     Every day
45     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


49     Extremely important
24     Very important
26     Important
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?


62     Constant contact with others
14     Contact with others most of the time
24     Occasional contact with others
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


26     Every day
65     Once a week or more but not every day
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


58     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


27     Very important results
16     Moderate results
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


15     Every day
77     Once a week or more but not every day
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


34     Every day
40     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


14     Every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


22     Continually or almost continually
59     More than half the time
15     Less than half the time
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?


36     A lot of freedom
22     Some freedom
37     Limited freedom
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?


47     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Never
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?


23     Every day
50     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
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


25     Very high responsibility
37     High responsibility
32     Moderate responsibility
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


50     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


29     Very close (near touching)
41     Moderately close (at arm's length)
18     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
11     I don't work near other people (beyond 100 ft.)
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


18     Extremely important
27     Important
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


34     More than 40 hours
66     40 hours
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


39     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Never
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


30     A lot of freedom
29     Some freedom
11     No freedom
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


65     Highly competitive
28     Moderately competitive
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


54     Every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


23     Continually or almost continually
37     More than half the time
36     Less than half the time
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?


16     Extremely important
49     Very important
13     Important
17     Not important at all
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


15     Continually or almost continually
32     More than half the time
27     About half the time
26     Less than half the time
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


25     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
14     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.)


11     Extremely important
29     Very important
33     Important
11     Fairly important
16     Not important at all
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


30     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


40     Every day
12     Once a year or more but not every month
39     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


46     More than half the time
33     Less than half the time
11     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


18     Extremely important
44     Important
18     Fairly important
20     Not important at all
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


11     Extremely serious
17     Very serious
30     Serious
20     Fairly serious
23     Not serious at all
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


28     Every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
37     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


11     Every day
26     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


13     More than half the time
44     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


18     Highly automated
17     Slightly automated
18     Not at all automated
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a year or more but not every month
16     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


15     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


16     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


33     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a year or more but not every month
46     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


12     Every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


23     More than half the time
23     About half the time
27     Less than half the time
27     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


11     About half the time
62     Less than half the time
26     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


30     Once a year or more but not every month
53     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


11     Seasonal (only during certain times of the year)
16     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
73     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a year or more but not every month
52     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


16     Once a year or more but not every month
72     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
Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available Post-secondary certificate Help
Not available 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.
28 
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.
11 
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.
11 
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.
0 
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.
0 
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
85 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
85 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
77 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
74 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
71 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
69 
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.
67 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
66 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
63 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
63 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
62 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
60 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
59 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
57 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
55 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
48 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
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.
56 
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.
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.
42 
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.
33 
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.
28 
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 (2016) $29.84 hourly, $62,060 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 17,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Faster than average (9% to 13%) Faster than average (9% to 13%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 4,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Construction (67% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 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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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Boilermakers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.

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