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Career Details :: Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.
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.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Dismantles and reassembles defective machines and equipment.
- Installs and/or repairs wiring and electrical and electronic components.
- Estimates costs of repairs.
- Records repairs made and costs.
- Inspects and tests machinery and equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions.
- Cleans and lubricates shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery.
- Installs new or repaired parts.
- Sets up and operates machine tools to repair or fabricate machine parts, jigs and fixtures, and tools.
- Operates cutting torch or welding equipment to cut or join metal parts.
- Lays brick to repair and maintain physical structure of establishment.
- Assembles, installs, and/or repairs pipe systems and hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
- Installs machinery and equipment.
- Assembles, installs, and/or repairs plumbing.
- Paints and repairs woodwork and plaster.
- Fabricates and repairs counters, benches, partitions, and other wooden structures, such as sheds and outbuildings.
- Aircraft Body and Bonded Structure Repairers
- Elevator Installers and Repairers
- Helpers, Carpenters
- Pipe Fitters
- Structural Iron and Steel Workers
- Welders and Cutters
General Work Activities
- Repairing & Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Handling and Moving Objects
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Frustrating Circumstances
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls