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49-3042.00 - Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and surface mining.

Sample of reported job titles: Construction Equipment Mechanic, Equipment Mechanic, Equipment Technician, Field Mechanic, Field Service Technician, Field Technician, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, Heavy Equipment Technician, Mechanic, Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
86   Core
Repair and replace damaged or worn parts.
86   Core
Test mechanical products and equipment after repair or assembly to ensure proper performance and compliance with manufacturers' specifications.
84   Core
Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.
82   Core
Read and understand operating manuals, blueprints, and technical drawings.
81   Core
Dismantle and reassemble heavy equipment using hoists and hand tools.
80   Core
Overhaul and test machines or equipment to ensure operating efficiency.
80   Core
Adjust, maintain, and repair or replace subassemblies, such as transmissions and crawler heads, using hand tools, jacks, and cranes.
80   Core
Repair, rewire, and troubleshoot electrical systems.
79   Core
Diagnose faults or malfunctions to determine required repairs, using engine diagnostic equipment such as computerized test equipment and calibration devices.
76   Core
Examine parts for damage or excessive wear, using micrometers and gauges.
75   Core
Weld or solder broken parts and structural members, using electric or gas welders and soldering tools.
74   Core
Research, order, and maintain parts inventory for services and repairs.
74   Core
Fit bearings to adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment.
74   Core
Schedule maintenance for industrial machines and equipment, and keep equipment service records.
73   Core
Clean, lubricate, and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment and vehicles.
72   Core
Assemble gear systems, and align frames and gears.
69   Core
Clean parts by spraying them with grease solvent or immersing them in tanks of solvent.
67   Core
Adjust and maintain industrial machinery, using control and regulating devices.
63   Core
Fabricate needed parts or items from sheet metal.
59   Core
Direct workers who are assembling or disassembling equipment or cleaning parts.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Recordkeeping software
  • Facilities management software — Maintenance management software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology

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 — Dual action pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable monkey wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Ammeters
  • Automotive exhaust emission analyzers — Exhaust emission analyzers
  • Awls
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
  • Battery chargers
  • Battery testers — Handheld battery testers
  • Blow torch — Cutting torches
  • Bolt cutters
  • Boring machines — Boring bars
  • Box end wrenches — Offset box wrenches
  • C clamps — Hose clamps
  • Calipers — Dial calipers
  • Circuit tester — Circuit testers; Test lights
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Crows foot wrench — Crowfoot wrenches
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges
  • Digital testers — Electronic engine analyzers
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
  • Dynamometers
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs
  • End cut pliers — End nippers
  • Engine or vehicle stands — Jack stands
  • Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools
  • Flame cutting machine — Flame cutting equipment
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welders; Oxyacetylene welding equipment
  • Goggles — Safety goggles
  • Grease guns
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws
  • Hammers — Plastic tip hammers
  • Hand sprayers — Solvent sprayers
  • Hard hats
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous material protective clothing
  • Heat guns
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches; Hex key sets
  • Hoists
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
  • Jacks
  • Leak testing equipment — Leak detection equipment
  • Lifts — Hydraulic lifts
  • Linemans pliers — Lineman's pliers
  • Liquid leak detectors — Leak detectors
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Hose-clamp pliers; Locking C-clamp pliers; Vise grip pliers
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic pickup tools
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Microcontrollers — On board computers
  • Micrometers
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files
  • Multimeters — Clamp-on multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Paint sprayers
  • Personal computers
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Pitch gauges; Screw pitch gauges
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welding equipment
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Impact air wrenches; Pneumatic ratchets; Pneumatic wrenches
  • Portable data input terminals — Hand held diagnostic computers
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders — Grinding machines
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws
  • Power screwguns — Cordless screwdrivers; Electronic screwdrivers
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges
  • Pry bars
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Brass drifts; Center punches; Punch sets; Three-pin punches (see all 6 examples)
  • Putty knives
  • Ratchets
  • Razor knives
  • Respirators
  • Retaining ring pliers — Snap ring pliers
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
  • Rulers
  • Safety boots — Hard-toed shoes
  • Screw extractors — Screw extractor sets
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Ratcheting screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove joint/water pump pliers; Slip joint pliers
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
  • Sockets — Socket wrenches
  • Specialty wrenches — Brake bleeder wrenches; Breaker bars; Flare nut wrenches; Oil filter wrenches
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers
  • Tachometers
  • Tape measures
  • Tinners snips — Snips
  • Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges
  • Torx keys — Torx screwdrivers
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment
  • Welding masks — Welding hoods
  • Wheel alignment equipment — Wheel alignment gauges
  • Wire brushes
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
94 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
57 
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.
57 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
52 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
50 
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.
50 
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.
49 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
41 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
40 
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.
37 
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 
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.
37 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
36 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
34 
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.
30 
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.
27 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
25 
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.
18 
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.
17 
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.
14 
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.
14 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
13 
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 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
9 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
8 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
5 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
4 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
3 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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.
2 
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.
2 
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.
2 
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.
0 
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
78 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
78 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
75 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
69 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
66 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
60 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
60 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
56 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
53 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
50 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
50 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
50 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
47 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
47 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
47 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
44 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
44 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
41 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
41 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
38 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
38 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
38 
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.
35 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
35 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
22 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
22 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
22 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
16 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
75 
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.
72 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
72 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
72 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69 
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.
69 
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
66 
Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
63 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
60 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
60 
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).
60 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
56 
Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
56 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
53 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53 
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.
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.
53 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
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 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
50 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
50 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
50 
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.
50 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
47 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
47 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
47 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
47 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
47 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
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 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
44 
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).
44 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
44 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
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 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
41 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
35 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
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.
31 
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 
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.
10 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
91 
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.
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.
85 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
81 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
81 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
80 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
79 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
75 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
75 
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.
74 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
72 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
71 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
70 
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.
69 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
68 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
68 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
68 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
67 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
65 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
64 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
61 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
60 
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.
59 
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.
59 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
58 
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.
55 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
55 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
53 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
52 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
50 
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.
49 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
47 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
46 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
46 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
45 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
43 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
40 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
38 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
37 
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.
37 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
31 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
  • Dismantle heavy equipment or machinery.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Repair electrical components.
  • Rewire electrical or electronic systems.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Schedule repair, installation or maintenance activities.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Align equipment or machinery.
  • Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Supervise employees.

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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
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


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


83     Every day
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


80     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?


88     Continually or almost continually
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


71     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
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?


79     Every day
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


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


55     Every day
40     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?


62     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not 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
27     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?


42     Extremely important
50     Very important
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


62     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
11     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?


57     Extremely important
32     Very important
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


50     Constant contact with others
31     Contact with others most of the time
14     Contact with others about half the time
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


49     Continually or almost continually
36     More than half the time
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


58     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


48     A lot of freedom
33     Some freedom
11     Limited freedom
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?


44     Very important results
34     Important results
15     Moderate results
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


55     Continually or almost continually
18     More than half the time
17     Less than half the time
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


37     Every day
47     Once a week or more but not every day
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


50     More than 40 hours
50     40 hours
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


31     Very high responsibility
46     High responsibility
15     Moderate responsibility
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


43     Every day
36     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Never
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


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


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


52     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Never
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


25     A lot of freedom
47     Some freedom
14     Limited freedom
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


39     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Never
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


28     Extremely important
19     Very important
46     Important
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


43     Extremely serious
12     Very serious
20     Serious
15     Not serious at all
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


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


31     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
17     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?


28     Extremely important
24     Very important
21     Important
24     Fairly important
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


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


31     Extremely important
16     Very important
25     Important
16     Fairly important
12     Not important at all
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


25     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
17     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


20     High responsibility
48     Moderate responsibility
15     Limited responsibility
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


21     Continually or almost continually
17     More than half the time
12     About half the time
50     Less than half the time
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


13     Very close (near touching)
24     Moderately close (at arm's length)
19     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
28     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
15     I don't work near other people (beyond 100 ft.)
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


30     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
24     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?


39     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


13     Highly competitive
43     Moderately competitive
25     Slightly competitive
15     Not at all competitive
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.)


12     Extremely important
42     Important
33     Not important at all
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


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


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


13     More than half the time
17     About half the time
34     Less than half the time
32     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?


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


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


70     Less than half the time
22     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


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


28     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
68     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


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


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


13     Moderately automated
20     Slightly automated
66     Not at all automated
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
76     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


96     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
55   Post-secondary certificate Help
30   High school diploma or equivalent Help
8   Some college, no 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.
33 
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.
28 
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.
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.
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
86 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
83 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
83 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
78 
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.
71 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
71 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
70 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
69 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
66 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
66 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
66 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
65 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
62 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
62 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
57 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
47 
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.
56 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
56 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
50 
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.
50 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
45 
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) $23.73 hourly, $49,370 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 125,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%) Average (5% to 8%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 36,000
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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