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Details for Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers


Description

Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties, such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.

Tasks

  • Tend and observe equipment and machinery in order to verify efficient and safe operation.
  • Examine and test machinery, equipment, components, and parts for defects, and to ensure proper functioning.
  • Adjust, connect, or disconnect wiring, piping, tubing, and other parts, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Install or replace machinery, equipment, and new or replacement parts and instruments, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Clean or lubricate vehicles, machinery, equipment, instruments, tools, work areas, and other objects, using hand tools, power tools, and cleaning equipment.
  • Apply protective materials to equipment, components, and parts in order to prevent defects and corrosion.
  • Transfer tools, parts, equipment, and supplies to and from work stations and other areas.
  • Disassemble broken or defective equipment in order to facilitate repair; reassemble equipment when repairs are complete.
  • Assemble and maintain physical structures, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Provide assistance to more skilled workers involved in the adjustment, maintenance, part replacement, and repair of tools, equipment, and machines.
  • Position vehicles, machinery, equipment, physical structures, and other objects for assembly or installation, using hand tools, power tools, and moving equipment.
  • Hold or supply tools, parts, equipment, and supplies for other workers.
  • Prepare work stations so mechanics and repairers can conduct work.

Interests

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

Related Careers

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  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
  • Rail Car Repairers
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