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Overview

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Blacksmiths

  • 250 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Blacksmiths shape bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

Specialisations: Hammer Smith, Spring Maker, Tool Smith.

You need extensive experience, or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade to work as a Blacksmith.

Tasks
  • Selects metal stock for job requirements.
  • Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
  • Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
  • Prepares electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming and planting solution to the objects to be coated.
  • Sets and adjusts controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects.
  • Prepares horses hooves for shoeing, nails horseshoes to hooves and trims hooves.
  • Cuts, trims, shapes and smoothes stock to form mould patterns.
  • Fills boxes with sand and sets patterns in place and pours molten metal into moulds, applies refractory paint and positions cores in moulds.
  • Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

Prospects

Pathways

You need extensive experience, or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade to work as a Blacksmith.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Automotive Manufacturing Sector, Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    63% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mechanical

    62% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Education and training

    51% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  6. Engineering and technology

    49% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  7. Technical design

    45% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  8. Computers and electronics

    43% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  10. English language

    39% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Clerical

    38% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Transportation

    34% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  13. Public safety and security

    33% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  15. Building and construction

    32% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Physics

    31% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Sales and marketing

    24% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Law and government

    21% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  5. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Quality control analysis

    41% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  7. Reading comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  10. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    34% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Equipment maintenance

    32% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  17. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Active learning

    30% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  20. Repairing

    30% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  3. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  4. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  6. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  7. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  8. Reaction time

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  9. Visualization

    45% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  10. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  14. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  15. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  16. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  17. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Rate control

    41% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  20. Speech clarity

    36% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    80% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    64% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Communicating within a team

    51% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Building good relationships

    51% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    49% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    49% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    49% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    47% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  11. Driving vehicles or equipment

    46% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  12. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Working with mechanical equipment

    46% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  14. Planning and prioritising work

    43% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    41% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  16. Training and teaching others

    40% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  17. Researching and investigating

    40% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    39% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Collecting and organising information

    36% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    34% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Dangerous equipment

    100% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  6. Spend time standing

    89% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    84% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. In an open vehicle or equipment

    81% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  13. Pace of work set by equipment

    81% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  14. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  15. Very hot or cold temperatures

    77% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  16. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  18. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    75% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  19. Frequent decision making

    74% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Indoors, not heat controlled

    74% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Working conditions

    38% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    29% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Independence

    29% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Recognition

    29% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Blacksmiths

  • 250 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Blacksmiths shape bars, rods and blocks of metal by heating and hammering to produce or repair metal articles.

Specialisations: Hammer Smith, Spring Maker, Tool Smith.

You need extensive experience, or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade to work as a Blacksmith.

Tasks
  • Selects metal stock for job requirements.
  • Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
  • Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
  • Prepares electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming and planting solution to the objects to be coated.
  • Sets and adjusts controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects.
  • Prepares horses hooves for shoeing, nails horseshoes to hooves and trims hooves.
  • Cuts, trims, shapes and smoothes stock to form mould patterns.
  • Fills boxes with sand and sets patterns in place and pours molten metal into moulds, applies refractory paint and positions cores in moulds.
  • Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

You need extensive experience, or a certificate III or IV in engineering - fabrication trade to work as a Blacksmith.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Automotive Manufacturing Sector, Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Employers look for Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    63% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Mechanical

    62% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Education and training

    51% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  6. Engineering and technology

    49% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  7. Technical design

    45% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  8. Computers and electronics

    43% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  9. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  10. English language

    39% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  11. Clerical

    38% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  12. Transportation

    34% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  13. Public safety and security

    33% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  14. Chemistry

    33% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  15. Building and construction

    32% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Physics

    31% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  19. Sales and marketing

    24% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  20. Law and government

    21% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  3. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  4. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  5. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  6. Quality control analysis

    41% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  7. Reading comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  10. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  12. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  14. Time management

    37% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    34% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Equipment maintenance

    32% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  17. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Active learning

    30% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  20. Repairing

    30% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Near vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  3. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  4. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  6. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  7. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  8. Reaction time

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  9. Visualization

    45% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  10. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  13. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  14. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  15. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  16. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  17. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Rate control

    41% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  20. Speech clarity

    36% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    80% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    64% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Communicating within a team

    51% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Building good relationships

    51% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    49% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    49% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    49% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    47% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  11. Driving vehicles or equipment

    46% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  12. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  13. Working with mechanical equipment

    46% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  14. Planning and prioritising work

    43% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    41% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  16. Training and teaching others

    40% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  17. Researching and investigating

    40% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    39% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  19. Collecting and organising information

    36% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    34% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Dangerous equipment

    100% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  6. Spend time standing

    89% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Contact with people

    87% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    84% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. In an open vehicle or equipment

    81% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  13. Pace of work set by equipment

    81% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  14. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  15. Very hot or cold temperatures

    77% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  16. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  18. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    75% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  19. Frequent decision making

    74% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Indoors, not heat controlled

    74% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Working conditions

    38% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    29% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Independence

    29% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  6. Recognition

    29% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4022.00 - Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.
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