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47-4061.00 - Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators

Lay, repair, and maintain track for standard or narrow-gauge railroad equipment used in regular railroad service or in plant yards, quarries, sand and gravel pits, and mines. Includes ballast cleaning machine operators and railroad bed tamping machine operators.

Sample of reported job titles: Machine Operator, Rail Maintenance Worker, Track Equipment Operator (TEO), Track Inspector, Track Laborer, Track Maintainer, Track Repairer, Track Supervisor, Track Walker, Trackman

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
88   Core
Patrol assigned track sections so that damaged or broken track can be located and reported.
82   Core
Repair or adjust track switches, using wrenches and replacement parts.
79   Core
Weld sections of track together, such as switch points and frogs.
78   Core
Observe leveling indicator arms to verify levelness and alignment of tracks.
77   Core
Operate single- or multiple-head spike driving machines to drive spikes into ties and secure rails.
75   Core
Operate track-wrench machines to tighten or loosen bolts at joints that hold ends of rails together.
74   Core
Cut rails to specified lengths, using rail saws.
73   Core
Lubricate machines, change oil, or fill hydraulic reservoirs to specified levels.
73   Core
Drill holes through rails, tie plates, or fishplates for insertion of bolts or spikes, using power drills.
73   Core
Clean tracks or clear ice or snow from tracks or switch boxes.
71   Core
Clean, grade, or level ballast on railroad tracks.
71   Core
Raise rails, using hydraulic jacks, to allow for tie removal and replacement.
71   Core
Adjust controls of machines that spread, shape, raise, level, or align track, according to specifications.
68   Core
Dress and reshape worn or damaged railroad switch points or frogs, using portable power grinders.
67   Core
Clean or make minor repairs to machines or equipment.
67   Core
Grind ends of new or worn rails to attain smooth joints, using portable grinders.
63   Core
Operate single- or multiple-head spike pullers to pull old spikes from ties.
75   Supplemental
String and attach wire-guidelines machine to rails so that tracks or rails can be aligned or leveled.
70   Supplemental
Engage mechanisms that lay tracks or rails to specified gauges.
70   Supplemental
Drive graders, tamping machines, brooms, or ballast spreading machines to redistribute gravel or ballast between rails.
69   Supplemental
Drive vehicles that automatically move and lay tracks or rails over sections of track to be constructed, repaired, or maintained.
63   Supplemental
Turn wheels of machines, using lever controls, to adjust guidelines for track alignments or grades, following specifications.
63   Supplemental
Push controls to close grasping devices on track or rail sections so that they can be raised or moved.
61   Supplemental
Operate tie-adzing machines to cut ties and permit insertion of fishplates that hold rails.
61   Supplemental
Paint railroad signs, such as speed limits or gate-crossing warnings.
55   Supplemental
Spray ties, fishplates, or joints with oil to protect them from weathering.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Time accounting software — Timekeeping software

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 hand wrenches
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — Hi-rail vehicles
  • Backhoes
  • Below the hook device — Rail tongs
  • Blow torch — Oxyacetylene torches
  • Bridge cranes — Rail-mounted cranes
  • Calipers — Vernier calipers
  • Cold chisels — Track chisels
  • Dollies
  • Dump trucks
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs
  • Force or torque sensors — Portable track loading fixtures
  • Forklifts
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Graders — Grading equipment
  • Grease guns
  • Hard hats
  • Hedge clippers — Weed cutters
  • Impact wrenches — Gas-powered wrenches; Track-wrench machines
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light pickup trucks
  • Measuring tapes — Precision tape measures
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Picks
  • Pipe bending tools — Rail benders
  • Pneumatic drill — Air drills
  • Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers; Pneumatic hammers
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Air-powered wrenches
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers
  • Power drills — Rail drills
  • Power grinders — Rail profile grinders
  • Power saws — Rail saws
  • Precision file — Precision files
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Power washers
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves
  • Pry bars — Claw bars; Crowbars
  • Pullers — Spike pullers
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Fall protection harnesses
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shovels
  • Spot welding machine — Welders
  • Sprayers — Pesticide sprayers
  • Tampers — Tamping machines
  • Track bulldozers — Tracked bulldozers

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
67 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
66 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
63 
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.
56 
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.
51 
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.
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.
49 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
47 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
46 
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.
41 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
40 
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.
39 
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.
39 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
37 
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.
36 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
35 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
33 
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.
32 
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.
29 
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.
27 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
27 
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.
25 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
21 
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.
19 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
17 
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.
16 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
14 
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.
13 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
12 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
12 
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.
11 
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.
7 
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
69 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
69 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
56 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
56 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
53 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
53 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
53 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
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 
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 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
47 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
44 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
41 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
41 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
38 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
38 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
35 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
35 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
31 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
31 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
31 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
28 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
28 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
28 
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.
22 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
22 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
19 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
13 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
6 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
0 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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.
69 
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.
66 
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.
66 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
66 
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 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
60 
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.
60 
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.
60 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
56 
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.
56 
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.
56 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
53 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
53 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
53 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
53 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
53 
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.
53 
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).
53 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
53 
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.
53 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53 
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.
50 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
50 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
50 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
50 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
47 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
47 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
47 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
47 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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).
47 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
44 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
44 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
38 
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).
38 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
35 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
31 
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.
28 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
28 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
25 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
25 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
25 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
22 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
22 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
6 
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
91 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
87 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
87 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
86 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
85 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
83 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
82 
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.
81 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
76 
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.
76 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
75 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
74 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
73 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
71 
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.
70 
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.
69 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
65 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
64 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
62 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
61 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
60 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
59 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
58 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
57 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
56 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
55 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
55 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
53 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
52 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
49 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
49 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
48 
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.
45 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
45 
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.
45 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
44 
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.
42 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
41 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
33 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
30 
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.
27 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Weld metal components.
  • Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment.
  • Cut metal components for installation.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment.
  • Drill holes in construction materials.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools.
  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Cut wood components for installation.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.

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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?


100     Every day
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


95     Every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


89     Every day
11     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?


81     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not 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?


65     Constant contact with others
30     Contact with others most of the time
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


43     Very close (near touching)
54     Moderately close (at arm's length)
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


62     Very high responsibility
21     High responsibility
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


75     Every day
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?


60     Every day
24     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?


59     Continually or almost continually
24     More than half the time
11     About half the time
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


61     Extremely important
24     Very important
12     Fairly important
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


49     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


51     Every day
34     Once a week or more but not every day
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?


28     A lot of freedom
56     Some freedom
13     Limited freedom
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


37     Extremely important
35     Very important
26     Important
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


21     A lot of freedom
63     Some freedom
12     Limited freedom
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


45     Very high responsibility
28     High responsibility
17     Moderate responsibility
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


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


49     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


45     More than 40 hours
55     40 hours
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


34     Extremely important
34     Very important
23     Important
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


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


25     Every day
45     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


39     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


42     Extremely serious
27     Very serious
16     Fairly serious
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?


13     Very important results
65     Important results
16     Moderate results
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


30     Continually or almost continually
32     More than half the time
25     About half the time
13     Less than half the time
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


38     Continually or almost continually
22     More than half the time
17     About half the time
23     Less than half the time
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


31     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
35     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
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.)


22     Extremely important
42     Very important
23     Important
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?


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


25     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
16     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?


12     Extremely important
32     Very important
38     Important
12     Fairly important
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


38     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
16     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?


16     Continually or almost continually
24     More than half the time
31     About half the time
30     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?


23     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
17     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


13     Extremely competitive
12     Highly competitive
49     Moderately competitive
24     Not at all competitive
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


23     More than half the time
36     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


20     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
27     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
25     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?


11     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
44     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


14     Extremely important
13     Very important
17     Important
31     Fairly important
26     Not important at all
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


31     Every day
22     Once a year or more but not every month
43     Never
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
23     Once a year or more but not every month
32     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


70     Less than half the time
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


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


15     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a year or more but not every month
51     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


31     Moderately automated
48     Not at all automated
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


20     Every day
63     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


42     Less than half the time
34     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


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


35     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
59     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?


78     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


13     Every day
81     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


81     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


48     Less than half the time
52     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


21     Once a year or more but not every month
70     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
90   High school diploma or equivalent Help
10   Less than high school diploma

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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.
22 
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.
6 
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
78 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
71 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
71 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
71 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
70 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
65 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
64 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
63 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
62 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
62 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
61 
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.
61 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
59 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
59 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
58 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
55 
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
61 
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.
45 
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.
39 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39 
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.
28 
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.
22 
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) $25.95 hourly, $53,970 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 16,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Faster than average (9% to 13%) Faster than average (9% to 13%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 5,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Transportation and Warehousing (59% 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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