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17-3026.00 - Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.

The occupation code you requested, 17-3029.06 (Manufacturing Engineering Technologists), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 17-3026.00 (Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Business Process Analyst, Engineering Technician, Industrial Engineering Analyst, Industrial Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Coordinator, Manufacturing Technology Analyst, Quality Control Engineering Technician (QC Engineering Technician), Quality Management Coordinator, Quality Technician, Service Technician

Also see: Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists and Technicians

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Tasks

  • Test selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read worker logs, product processing sheets, or specification sheets to verify that records adhere to quality assurance specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify that equipment is being operated and maintained according to quality assurance standards by observing worker performance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Aid in planning work assignments in accordance with worker performance, machine capacity, production schedules, or anticipated delays. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate industrial operations for compliance with permits or regulations related to the generation, storage, treatment, transportation, or disposal of hazardous materials or waste. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze, estimate, or report production costs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist engineers in developing, building, or testing prototypes or new products, processes, or procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct statistical studies to analyze or compare production costs for sustainable and nonsustainable designs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate equipment purchases, installations, or transfers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create or interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, formulas, or blueprints for management or engineering staff. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design plant layouts or production facilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop manufacturing infrastructure to integrate or deploy new manufacturing processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or implement programs to address problems related to production, materials, safety, or quality. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop production, inventory, or quality assurance programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop sustainable manufacturing technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize raw material use, replace toxic materials with non-toxic materials, replace non-renewable materials with renewable materials, or reduce waste. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in quality, cost, or efficiency of automation equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee equipment start-up, characterization, qualification, or release. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee or inspect production processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare layouts, drawings, or sketches of machinery or equipment, such as shop tooling, scale layouts, or new equipment design, using drafting equipment or computer-aided design (CAD) software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare production documents, such as standard operating procedures, manufacturing batch records, inventory reports, or productivity reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide advice or training to other technicians. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend corrective or preventive actions to assure or improve product quality or reliability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select cleaning materials, tools, or equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select material quantities or processing methods needed to achieve efficient production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics Hot technology ; Inlet Technologies Semaphore; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology ; Wilcox Associates PC-DMIS (see all 17 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Dassault Systemes CATIA; Three-dimensional parametric design software; Vectorworks Machine Design (see all 16 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — CNC Mastercam; Planit Alphacam; Rapid prototyping software; Tebis Base (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software Hot technology ; Database software; Microsoft Access Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code BASIC; C; Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology ; National Instruments LabVIEW Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; IBM Notes Hot technology ; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Infor Industrial Essentials; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Hot technology ; Plant maintenance software; SAP Hot technology (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics editing software; Graphics software; Microsoft Visio Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Human machine interface HMI software; Siemens SINUMERIK CNC; Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software Hot technology ; VIA Information Tools MAN-IT (see all 19 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer; Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — ABB CPM4Metals; Horizon Software MRP Plus; Materials requirement planning MRP software; Production planning software (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++ Hot technology ; G-code; Microsoft Visual C++ See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology ; UNIX Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project Hot technology ; Microsoft SharePoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Adjustable angle plate — Angle plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors — Portable air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air conditioners — Air conditioning units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Laboratory centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow molding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Boring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cable splicing kits — Wire splicers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Digital calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Casting machines — Centrifugal casting machines; Permanent mold casting machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Center gauge — Edge finders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Optical comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Universal testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM — Direct computer-controlled coordinate measuring machines DCC-CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric boilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic actuators — Dynamic actuators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extruders — Extruding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Protective face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fatigue testers — Fatigue testing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fiber optic test sources — Optical power meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — In-line flowmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency analyzers — Digital spectrum analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator — Signal analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fused deposition modeling machine — Fused deposition modeling FDM machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gage block set — Gauge blocks; V blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gas-powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Automatic microhardness testers; Digital hardness testers; Manual hardness testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat exchangers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Hex key sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes; Engine lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heaters — Induction melting units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Injection molding machines — Plastic injection molding machines; Thermoplastic injection molding presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Integrated circuit testers — Digital logic analyzers; Digital logic probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Interferometers — Optical spectrum analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory filtration hardware or accessories — Filtration systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory washing machines — Laboratory glassware washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser cutting machine — Laser cutting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid penetrant examination equipment — Dye penetrant inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment — Magnetic inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Melting point recorders — Melting point apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Automated vision systems; Programmable automation controllers PAC; Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines — 3-axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines; Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers; Computerized numerical control CNC routers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Monocular microscopes — Toolmaker's microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical diffusers — Autocollimators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Osmometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pin gauge — Pin gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe bending mandrel — Pipe bending mandrels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe reamer — Pipe reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Bench grinders; Pedestal grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Process air heaters — Air heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Processing tanks — Mixing tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflectometers — Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Robot machines — Production robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Machinist rules; Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Laser scanners; Three-dimensional laser digitizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Function generators; Programmable function generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Parallel sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface grinding machine — Surface grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Servohydraulic tensile testing machines; Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Three dimensional printing machine — Three-dimensional prototyping printer See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture incubators — Bioreactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traveling column milling machine — Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbine engines — Power production turbines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Universal milling machine — Horizontal milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical machining centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical turning center — Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes; Vertical spindle mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumeters — Dilatometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water tube boiler — Steam boilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wave soldering machine — Soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cathode electrode discharge machine — Electrical discharge machines EDM See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Assess product or process usefulness. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test products for functionality or quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research human performance or health factors related to engineering or design activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect operational processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare detailed work plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze costs and benefits of proposed designs or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial processing systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select project materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create physical models or prototypes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design structures or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct industrial production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct quality control activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor activities affecting environmental quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate industrial equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare drawings or diagrams of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 82% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 68% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 64% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 55% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 45% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 51% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 49% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 45% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 49% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 29% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 34% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 47% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 43% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 39% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 28% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
37   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2019) $27.19 hourly, $56,550 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 68,500 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Slower than average (1% to 2%) Slower than average (1% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 5,800
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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