Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.
- Demonstrate equipment functions and features to machine operators.
- Enter codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery.
- Cut and weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, or assemble new equipment.
- Study blueprints or manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation or operation of machinery.
- Record repairs and maintenance performed.
- Record parts or materials used and order or requisition new parts or materials as necessary.
- Analyze test results, machine error messages, or information obtained from operators to diagnose equipment problems.
- Operate newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs.
- Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear.
- Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.
- Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- 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.
- Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- 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.
- Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $49,690 with most people making between $32,850 and $68,700
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 15,790 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 19,230 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 344 openings due to growth and about 406 replacement openings for approximately 750 total annual openings.
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