Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary training (non-degree) have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
- Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
- Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.
- Equipment Maintenance: Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.
- Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.
- Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.
- Troubleshooting: Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.
Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
- Finger Dexterity: Putting together small parts with your fingers.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness: Keeping your arm or hand steady.
- Manual Dexterity: Holding or moving items with your hands.
- Control Precision: Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
- Multilimb Coordination: Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Detailed Work Activities
Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
- Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
- Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
- Assemble mechanical components or machine parts.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Lay out work according to specifications.