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53-5031.00 - Ship Engineers

Supervise and coordinate activities of crew engaged in operating and maintaining engines, boilers, deck machinery, and electrical, sanitary, and refrigeration equipment aboard ship.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Engineer, Barge Engineer, Chief Engineer, Engineer, Ferry Engineer, Harbor Engineer, Port Engineer, Towboat Engineer, Tug Boat Engineer, Tugboat Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
86   Core
Start engines to propel ships and regulate engines and power transmissions to control speeds of ships, according to directions from captains or bridge computers.
84   Core
Maintain or repair engines, electric motors, pumps, winches, or other mechanical or electrical equipment or assist other crew members with maintenance or repair duties.
83   Core
Perform or participate in emergency drills, as required.
83   Core
Monitor engine, machinery, or equipment indicators when vessels are underway and report abnormalities to appropriate shipboard staff.
82   Core
Maintain complete records of engineering department activities, including machine operations.
81   Core
Perform general marine vessel maintenance or repair work, such as repairing leaks, finishing interiors, refueling, or maintaining decks.
80   Core
Maintain electrical power, heating, ventilation, refrigeration, water, or sewerage systems.
80   Core
Monitor and test operations of engines or other equipment so that malfunctions and their causes can be identified.
79   Core
Monitor the availability, use, or condition of lifesaving equipment or pollution preventatives to ensure that international regulations are followed.
77   Core
Install engine controls, propeller shafts, or propellers.
77   Core
Record orders for changes in ship speed or direction and note gauge readings or test data, such as revolutions per minute or voltage output, in engineering logs or bellbooks.
76   Core
Clean engine parts and keep engine rooms clean.
76   Core
Operate or maintain off-loading liquid pumps or valves.
74   Core
Supervise the activities of marine engine technicians engaged in the maintenance or repair of mechanical or electrical marine vessels and inspect their work to ensure that it is performed properly.
73   Core
Order and receive engine room stores, such as oil or spare parts, maintain inventories, and record usage of supplies.
69   Supplemental
Fabricate engine replacement parts, such as valves, stay rods, or bolts, using metalworking machinery.
68   Supplemental
Act as a liaison between a ship's captain and shore personnel to ensure that schedules and budgets are maintained and that the ship is operated safely and efficiently.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Data base user interface and query software — Kongsberg Maritime K-LOG Electronic Logbooks
  • Document management software — Marine Software Marine Safety Manager
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS; Damen DAMOS; Marine Software Marine Planned Maintenance
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers — Water pump pliers
  • Allen wrench — Allen wrench sets
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
  • Box end wrenches — Box wrenches
  • Calipers — Vernier calipers
  • Claw hammer — Bell-faced claw hammers; Plain faced claw hammers
  • Cold chisels — Cape chisels; Flat cold chisels; Half round chisels; Round nose chisels (see all 5 examples)
  • Combination pliers — Combination jaw pliers
  • Combination wrenches
  • Commercial water heaters — Feedwater heating equipment
  • Condensing units — Condensers
  • Cross and straight pein hammer — Cross peen hammers; Straight peen hammers
  • Curved nose pliers — Curved needle nosed pliers
  • Depth gauges — Digital depth gauges
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges
  • Diesel engines — Diesel ship engines
  • Electric boilers — Boilers
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers
  • Evaporative coolers — Cooling towers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Fire suppression system — Fire suppression systems
  • Flat hand file — Double cut files; Single cut files
  • Flat nose pliers — Duck bill pliers
  • Fuel pumps
  • Gas generators — Gas powered generators
  • Goggles — Safety goggles
  • Hacksaw — Adjustable hacksaws; Solid hacksaws
  • Hammers — Plastic hammers; Riveting hammers
  • Hex keys — Bristol wrenches
  • Inspection mirror — Long-handled inspection mirrors
  • Jigsaw — Portable jigsaws
  • Longnose pliers — Long nose pliers
  • Mallets — Carpenter's mallets; Rawhide mallets; Wood mallets
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters
  • Nut drivers — Spintite wrenches
  • Open end wrenches — Bonney wrenches
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Tube cutters
  • Plasma cutting machine — Gas cutters; Thermal cutters
  • Power chippers — Pneumatic chipping hammers; Rotary impact scalers
  • Power drills — Electric drills
  • Power flaring tool — Flaring tools
  • Power grinders — Portable grinders
  • Power sanders — Disk sanders; Portable electric sanders
  • Pullers — Gear pullers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Center punch sets; Hollow shank gasket punches; Pin punches; Prick punches (see all 6 examples)
  • Ratchets — Ratchet handles; Speed handles
  • Razor knives — Scraping tools
  • Rivet tools — Riveters
  • Round nose pliers — Short nose pliers; Wrench pliers
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets
  • Screwdrivers — Clutch tip screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Standard screwdrivers
  • Shears — Powered shears
  • Sledge hammer — Cross peen sledge hammers; Double faced sledge hammers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Sludge or sewage removal equipment — Sewage treatment systems
  • Socket attachments and accessories — Socket extensions
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
  • Sockets — Union nut wrenches
  • Stationary separation equipment or parts or screens — Oily water separation systems
  • Strain gauges — Bridge gauges
  • Strap wrenches
  • Sump pumps — Bilge water pumps
  • Taps — Tap and die sets
  • Tinners snips — Aviation snips; Circle snips; Straight hand snips; Trojan snips (see all 5 examples)
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
  • Turbine engines — Gas turbine engines
  • Water pumps — Ballast pumps; Firefighting pumps
  • Welder gloves — Welding gloves
  • Welder torch — Brazers; Welders
  • Welding masks
  • Wire brushes — File brushes
  • Wire twister — Safety wire pliers

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
83 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
60 
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.
59 
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.
59 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
57 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
56 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
55 
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.
48 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
47 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
46 
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.
44 
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.
43 
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.
42 
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.
42 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
39 
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.
37 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
33 
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.
31 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
30 
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.
29 
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.
29 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
27 
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.
22 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
20 
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.
17 
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.
11 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
7 
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.
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.
5 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
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 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
1 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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
72 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
72 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
72 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
69 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
69 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
66 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
66 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
63 
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.
63 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
63 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
56 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
53 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
53 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
44 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
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 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
35 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
28 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
25 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
25 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
19 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
19 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
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 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
69 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
69 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
66 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
63 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
60 
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.
60 
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.
60 
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.
60 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
60 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
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 
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 
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.
56 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
53 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
53 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
53 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
53 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
50 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50 
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).
50 
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.
50 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
50 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
50 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47 
Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
47 
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.
47 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
44 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
41 
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.
38 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
38 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
35 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
31 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
31 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
31 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
28 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
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 
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.
16 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
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
92 
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.
86 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
78 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
77 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
73 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
73 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
73 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
72 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
70 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
70 
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 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
65 
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.
65 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
57 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
57 
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.
55 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
55 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
53 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
52 
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.
52 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
51 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
49 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
48 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
47 
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.
46 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
42 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
40 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
40 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
39 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
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.
39 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
39 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
39 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
37 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
37 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
36 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
28 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
23 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
22 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
16 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
14 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Operate ships or other watercraft.
  • Maintain watercraft engines or machinery.
  • Monitor engine operation or functioning.
  • Direct emergency management activities.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Monitor availability of equipment or supplies.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Record operational details of travel.
  • Clean facilities or work areas.
  • Clean machinery or equipment.
  • Control pumps or pumping equipment.
  • Direct maintenance or repair activities.
  • Acquire supplies or equipment.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.

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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?


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


86     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


91     Every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


84     A lot of freedom
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?


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


88     More than 40 hours
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?


66     Constant contact with others
32     Contact with others most of the time
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


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


77     Every day
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


64     A lot of freedom
28     Some freedom
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


64     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
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
11     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


55     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
19     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?


32     Extremely important
50     Very important
17     Important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


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


12     Very serious
11     Serious
19     Fairly serious
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?


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


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


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


23     Very close (near touching)
47     Moderately close (at arm's length)
23     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


38     Very high responsibility
33     High responsibility
18     Limited responsibility
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


53     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Never
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


15     Extremely important
57     Very important
25     Important
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


66     Every day
28     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?


46     Very important results
24     Important results
12     No results
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


23     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


36     Extremely important
15     Very important
31     Important
15     Fairly important
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


20     Continually or almost continually
38     More than half the time
22     About half the time
19     Less 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?


16     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


49     More than half the time
29     About half the time
19     Less than half the time
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


20     Continually or almost continually
23     More than half the time
19     About half the time
38     Less than half the time
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


13     Extremely important
30     Very important
29     Important
20     Fairly important
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.)


33     Extremely important
12     Very important
16     Important
29     Not important at all
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


16     Very high responsibility
36     High responsibility
22     Limited responsibility
18     No responsibility
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


16     Continually or almost continually
19     More than half the time
24     About half the time
35     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)?


24     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
27     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


40     Every day
44     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


13     Extremely competitive
44     Moderately competitive
24     Slightly competitive
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


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


16     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
45     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


39     Every day
49     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


18     More than half the time
21     About half the time
58     Less than half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


13     More than half the time
32     About half the time
48     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?


15     Once a month or more but not every week
63     Once a year or more but not every month
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


14     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
45     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
46     Once a year or more but not every month
14     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


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


27     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
17     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


38     Moderately automated
37     Slightly automated
23     Not at all automated
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


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


13     Very important
19     Fairly important
52     Not important at all
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
24     Once a month or more but not every week
54     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


23     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
66     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


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


12     Every day
14     Once a year or more but not every month
72     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Post-secondary certificate Help
33   High school diploma or equivalent Help
16   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.
72 
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.
67 
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.
33 
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.
17 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
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.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
87 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
81 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
80 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
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.
77 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
71 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
70 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
68 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
68 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
68 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
67 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
66 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
65 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
64 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
61 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
53 
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 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
67 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
67 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
61 
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.
61 
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.
53 
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $35.03 hourly, $72,870 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 10,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%) Average (5% to 8%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 3,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Transportation and Warehousing (70% employed in this sector)

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

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