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49-2092.00 - Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

Repair, maintain, or install electric motors, wiring, or switches.

Sample of reported job titles: Electric Motor Mechanic, Electric Motor Repairman, Electric Motor Winder, Electro Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Power Tool Repair Technician, Repair Technician, Service Technician, Tool Repair Technician, Tool Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
88   Core
Inspect and test equipment to locate damage or worn parts and diagnose malfunctions, or read work orders or schematic drawings to determine required repairs.
81   Core
Reassemble repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.
80   Core
Measure velocity, horsepower, revolutions per minute (rpm), amperage, circuitry, and voltage of units or parts to diagnose problems, using ammeters, voltmeters, wattmeters, and other testing devices.
80   Core
Repair and rebuild defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
80   Core
Lift units or parts such as motors or generators, using cranes or chain hoists, or signal crane operators to lift heavy parts or subassemblies.
79   Core
Record repairs required, parts used, and labor time.
77   Core
Disassemble defective equipment so that repairs can be made, using hand tools.
77   Core
Adjust working parts, such as fan belts, contacts, and springs, using hand tools and gauges.
75   Core
Lubricate moving parts.
74   Core
Read service guides to find information needed to perform repairs.
74   Core
Inspect electrical connections, wiring, relays, charging resistance boxes, and storage batteries, following wiring diagrams.
73   Core
Scrape and clean units or parts, using cleaning solvents and equipment such as buffing wheels.
66   Core
Weld, braze, or solder electrical connections.
81   Supplemental
Verify and adjust alignments and dimensions of parts, using gauges and tracing lathes.
75   Supplemental
Steam-clean polishing and buffing wheels to remove abrasives and bonding materials, and spray, brush, or recoat surfaces as necessary.
75   Supplemental
Set machinery for proper performance, using computers.
74   Supplemental
Test equipment for overheating, using speed gauges and thermometers.
74   Supplemental
Reface, ream, and polish commutators and machine parts to specified tolerances, using machine tools.
73   Supplemental
Maintain stocks of parts.
73   Supplemental
Cut and form insulation, and insert insulation into armature, rotor, or stator slots.
71   Supplemental
Assemble electrical parts such as alternators, generators, starting devices, and switches, following schematic drawings and using hand, machine, and power tools.
70   Supplemental
Solder, wrap, and coat wires to ensure proper insulation.
69   Supplemental
Rewire electrical systems, and repair or replace electrical accessories.
66   Supplemental
Clean cells, cell assemblies, glassware, leads, electrical connections, and battery poles, using scrapers, steam, water, emery cloths, power grinders, or acid.
66   Supplemental
Rewind coils on cores in slots, or make replacement coils, using coil-winding machines.
66   Supplemental
Test conditions, fluid levels, and specific gravities of electrolyte cells, using voltmeters, hydrometers, and thermometers.
66   Supplemental
Add water or acid to battery cell solutions to obtain specified concentrations.
66   Supplemental
Pour compounds into transformer-case terminal openings to seal out moisture.
64   Supplemental
Remove and replace defective parts such as coil leads, carbon brushes, and wires, using soldering equipment.
59   Supplemental
Hammer out dents and twists in tools and equipment.
58   Supplemental
Drain and filter transformer oil and refill transformers with oil until coils are submerged.
55   Supplemental
Seal joints with putty, mortar, and asbestos, using putty extruders and knives.
55   Supplemental
Repair and operate battery-charging equipment.
54   Supplemental
Sharpen tools such as saws, picks, shovels, screwdrivers, and scoops, either manually or by using bench grinders and emery wheels.
48   Supplemental
Inspect batteries for structural defects such as dented cans, damaged carbon rods and terminals, and defective seals.
47   Supplemental
Test battery charges, and replace or recharge batteries as necessary.
Not available Supplemental
Bolt porcelain insulators to wood parts to assemble hot stools.
Not available Supplemental
Position and level battery cells, anodes, or cathodes, using hoists or leveling jacks, or signal other workers to perform positioning and leveling.
Not available Supplemental
Clean, rinse, and dry transformer cases, using boiling water, scrapers, solvents, hoses, and cloths.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analytical or scientific software — Commutator profiling software; Motor testing software
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology ; Microsoft Access Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP Hot technology
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • 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 widemouth pliers — Pump pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Alternating current AC arc welder — Electric welders
  • Ammeters — Bench ammeters; Clamp ammeters; Volt-ammeters
  • Angle grinder — Commutator undercutters
  • Aqueous cleaning and washing equipment — Parts washers
  • Armature tester — Bar-to-bar testers; Winding testers
  • Bearing fitting tool kits — Bearing puller sets; Bearing setting tools
  • Bench grinder — Bench grinders
  • Braze welding machine — Brazing machines
  • Carburetor balancer — Carburetor synchronizers
  • Chamfering machine — Chamfer mills; Slot shavers
  • Cutters — Insulation trimmers
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal-cutting pliers
  • Dip tanks
  • Dynamometers — Power dynamometers
  • Electrical coil winding machine — Armature winders; Electric coil winders
  • Electrolytic bath machine — Electro-brush platers
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
  • Feeler gauges — Armature air gap gauges
  • Forklifts — Forklift trucks
  • Grinders — Commutator grinders
  • Growler tester — Growler armature testers
  • Hacksaw — Rubber-grip hacksaws
  • Heat treating age hardening furnace — Bake ovens
  • Hydraulic hand crimp tool — Hydraulic wire crimpers
  • Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers
  • Knurling tool — Knurling tool attachments
  • Laser measuring systems — Alignment lasers
  • Levels — Torpedo levels
  • Longnose pliers — Longnosed pliers
  • Mallets — Rawhide mallets
  • Manual press brake — Arbor presses
  • Manual wire straighteners — Lamination tooth straighteners
  • Megohmmeters — Meggers
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters
  • Nut drivers — Nut wrenches
  • Ohmmeters — Analog ohmmeters; Digital ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes
  • Paint application system — Paint booths
  • Personal computers
  • Phasemeters — Phase rotation indicators
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Gas welders
  • Pneumatic grinders — Air grinders
  • Pocket knives — Electricians' knives
  • Power grinders — Handheld power grinders
  • Rubber mallet — Dead blow hammers; Nylon hammers
  • Sawing and cut-off machine — Coil cut-off machines
  • Saws — Hand saws
  • Screwdrivers — Cabinet-tip screwdrivers; Conduit-fitting and reaming screwdrivers; Keystone-tip screwdrivers; Square-recess tip screwdrivers
  • Shears — Winder's shears
  • Shot blasting machine — Abrasive blasting machines; Dry ice blasters
  • Soldering iron — Cordless soldering irons
  • Sound detector — Repairman's stethoscopes
  • Stripping tools — Automatic wire strippers; Handheld wire strippers; Twin wheel wire strippers
  • Tablet computers
  • Tachometers — Digital tachometers
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes
  • Thermal imager — Thermal cameras
  • Threading machine — Threaders
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum impregnation or porosity sealing device — Vacuum impregnators
  • Var meter — Core-loss testers
  • Vibration testers — Portable vibration testers; Vibration analyzers
  • Voltage or current meters — Bench voltmeters; Light emitting diode LED voltage tester; Neon voltage testers; Surge testers (see all 6 examples)
  • Wedges — Wedge drivers
  • Wire brushes — Slot cleaning brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
81 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
56 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
56 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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 
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 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
47 
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.
41 
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.
39 
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.
38 
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.
37 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
37 
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.
35 
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.
35 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
27 
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.
25 
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.
24 
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.
23 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
20 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
18 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
17 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
16 
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.
14 
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.
11 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
9 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
9 
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 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
3 
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.
3 
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.
3 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
2 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
0 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
72 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
72 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
69 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
69 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
66 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
63 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
56 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
53 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
53 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
50 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
50 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
47 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
47 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
47 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
47 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
44 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
44 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44 
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.
41 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
38 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
38 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
35 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
22 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
19 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
16 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
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 
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 
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.
63 
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 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
56 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
56 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
56 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
56 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
53 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
53 
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.
53 
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.
53 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
53 
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.
53 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
53 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
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 
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.
50 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
50 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
50 
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.
50 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
47 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
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 
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 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
47 
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.
47 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
44 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44 
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.
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 
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 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
38 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
35 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
35 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
35 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
25 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
22 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
22 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
19 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
3 
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
83 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
83 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
81 
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.
81 
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.
79 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
78 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
78 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
77 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
77 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
76 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
73 
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.
72 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
72 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
71 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
71 
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.
69 
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.
66 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
62 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
62 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
61 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
61 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
61 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
61 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
59 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
59 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
58 
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.
58 
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.
57 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
57 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
56 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
50 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
49 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
48 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
47 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
46 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
44 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
41 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
39 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
36 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
26 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
21 
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.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Measure equipment outputs.
  • Rebuild parts or components.
  • Repair defective engines or engine components.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
  • Repair electrical components.
  • Rewire electrical or electronic systems.
  • Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Braze metal parts or components.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions to be used for repairs.
  • Remove parts or components from equipment.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Remove dents from equipment, materials, tools or structures.
  • Repair electronic equipment.
  • Bolt objects into place.
  • Level machines or equipment.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

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


68     Every day
32     Once a week or more but not every day
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?


76     Every day
15     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?


71     Continually or almost continually
25     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)?


68     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


62     Extremely important
27     Very important
11     Important
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


58     Continually or almost continually
27     More than half the time
12     About half the time
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?


70     Every day
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


75     Every day
14     Never
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


42     A lot of freedom
40     Some freedom
14     Very little freedom
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


38     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
18     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?


43     Extremely important
26     Very important
22     Important
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?


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


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


30     Important results
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?


51     Constant contact with others
13     Contact with others most of the time
13     Contact with others about half the time
23     Occasional contact with others
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


54     Extremely important
14     Very important
15     Important
14     Not important at all
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?


39     A lot of freedom
36     Some freedom
11     Limited freedom
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


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


38     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


40     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


31     Continually or almost continually
30     More than half the time
17     About half the time
23     Less than half the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


38     More than 40 hours
53     40 hours
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


32     Extremely serious
47     Serious
12     Fairly serious
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
15     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


22     Very close (near touching)
30     Moderately close (at arm's length)
28     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
16     I don't work near other people (beyond 100 ft.)
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


39     Very high responsibility
11     High responsibility
21     Moderate responsibility
21     No responsibility
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


42     Very high responsibility
16     High responsibility
29     No responsibility
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


17     Extremely competitive
25     Highly competitive
34     Moderately competitive
19     Slightly competitive
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?


24     Extremely important
11     Very important
34     Important
30     Fairly important
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


25     Extremely important
27     Very important
15     Important
28     Not important at all
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


41     Every day
36     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


15     Continually or almost continually
28     More than half the time
16     About half the time
33     Less than half the time
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


20     Continually or almost continually
20     More than half the time
44     Less than half the time
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


26     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a year or more but not every month
31     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
37     Very important
18     Important
31     Not important at all
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


19     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


35     More than half the time
14     About half the time
49     Less than half the time
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?


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


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


33     Every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


20     Every day
34     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


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


27     Every day
51     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?


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


17     Every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
37     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


11     Continually or almost continually
25     About half the time
32     Less than half the time
33     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


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


40     Less than half the time
43     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


12     About half the time
67     Less than half the time
21     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


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


12     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
49     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


18     Once a year or more but not every month
72     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


13     Moderately automated
19     Slightly automated
66     Not at all automated
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


25     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
75     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?


17     Once a year or more but not every month
80     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


100     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 hydroelectric production 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
39   Post-secondary certificate Help
31   High school diploma or equivalent Help
20   Associate's degree

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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.
39 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22 
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.
6 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
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
91 
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.
81 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
80 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
79 
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.
78 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
75 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
74 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
74 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
73 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
72 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
68 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
67 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
66 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
66 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
51 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
67 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
50 
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.
45 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
45 
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.
39 
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.
33 
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) $19.99 hourly, $41,570 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 6,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Wholesale Trade (29% 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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