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Metal Machinists (First Class)

ANZSCO ID 323214

Overview

All Metal Fitters and Machinists

  • $2,062 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Metal Machinists (First Class)

  • 2,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Metal Machinists (First Class) set up and operate machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications.

Specialisations: Aircraft Machinist, Automotive Machinist, Metal Machine Setter, Metal Turner, Milling Machinist, Vertical Borer.

You usually need a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade to work as a Metal Machinist (First Class). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings.
  • Fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment.
  • Checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments.
  • Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses.
  • Forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal.
  • Cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
  • Diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment.
  • May erect machines and equipment on-site.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade to work as a Metal Machinist (First Class). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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 Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Metal Fitters and Machinists who are reliable, flexible, adaptable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Production and processing

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Technical design

    49% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Building and construction

    29% Skill level

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

  10. Physics

    28% Skill level

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

  11. Administration and management

    27% Skill level

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

  12. Customer and personal service

    26% Skill level

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

  13. Public safety and security

    26% Skill level

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

  14. Chemistry

    23% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Clerical

    21% Skill level

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

  17. Psychology

    20% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Transportation

    18% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    17% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    13% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    46% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  14. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  16. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  18. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  20. Mathematics

    37% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Visualization

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Reaction time

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  7. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Oral comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Oral expression

    48% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  17. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Rate control

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Doing physically active work

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Building good relationships

    57% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

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

  6. Working with mechanical equipment

    56% Skill level

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

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Thinking creatively

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Collecting and organising information

    51% Skill level

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

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

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

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    49% Skill level

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

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Researching and investigating

    45% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  17. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    43% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    42% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    41% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Working with computers

    37% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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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, 51-4041.00 - Machinists.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

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

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Dangerous equipment

    90% Important

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

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

    90% Important

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

  6. Spend time standing

    86% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    85% Important

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

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    80% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Contact with people

    79% Important

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

  10. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    77% Important

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

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Pace of work set by equipment

    74% Important

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

  14. Unstructured work

    73% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Teamwork

    71% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  16. Impact of decisions

    69% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Frequent decision making

    67% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  18. Health and safety of others

    66% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Making repetitive motions

    65% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% 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. Independence

    48% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    48% 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

    38% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    38% 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.

  6. Relationships

    29% 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.

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

    76% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

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

  4. Creative

    29% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

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

  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, 51-4041.00 - Machinists.

All Metal Fitters and Machinists

  • $2,062 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Metal Machinists (First Class)

  • 2,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Metal Machinists (First Class) set up and operate machine tools to shape and form metal stock and castings to fine tolerances, using detailed drawings and specifications.

Specialisations: Aircraft Machinist, Automotive Machinist, Metal Machine Setter, Metal Turner, Milling Machinist, Vertical Borer.

You usually need a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade to work as a Metal Machinist (First Class). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • Studying drawings and specifications to determine suitable material, method and sequence of operations, and machine settings.
  • Fitting fabricated metal parts into products and assembling metal parts and subassemblies to produce machines and equipment.
  • Checking fabricated and assembled metal parts for accuracy, clearance and fit using precision measuring instruments.
  • Setting guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, setting up prescribed cutting and shaping tools and dies in machines and presses.
  • Forming metal stock and castings to fine tolerances using machining tools to press, cut, grind, plane, bore and drill metal.
  • Cutting, threading, bending and installing hydraulic and pneumatic pipes and lines.
  • Diagnosing faults and performing operational maintenance of machines, and overhauling and repairing mechanical parts and fluid power equipment.
  • May erect machines and equipment on-site.

You usually need a certificate III in engineering - mechanical trade to work as a Metal Machinist (First Class). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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 Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Employers look for Metal Fitters and Machinists who are reliable, flexible, adaptable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    63% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Production and processing

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Technical design

    49% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    40% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Building and construction

    29% Skill level

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

  10. Physics

    28% Skill level

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

  11. Administration and management

    27% Skill level

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

  12. Customer and personal service

    26% Skill level

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

  13. Public safety and security

    26% Skill level

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

  14. Chemistry

    23% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Clerical

    21% Skill level

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

  17. Psychology

    20% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Transportation

    18% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    17% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    13% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    46% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  14. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  16. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  18. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  20. Mathematics

    37% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Finger dexterity

    52% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Visualization

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Reaction time

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  7. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Oral comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Oral expression

    48% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  17. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Rate control

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Doing physically active work

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Building good relationships

    57% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

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

  6. Working with mechanical equipment

    56% Skill level

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

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Thinking creatively

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Collecting and organising information

    51% Skill level

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

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

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

  13. Checking for errors or defects

    49% Skill level

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

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Researching and investigating

    45% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  17. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    43% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    42% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    41% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Working with computers

    37% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

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

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Dangerous equipment

    90% Important

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

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

    90% Important

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

  6. Spend time standing

    86% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    85% Important

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

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    80% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Contact with people

    79% Important

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

  10. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    77% Important

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

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Pace of work set by equipment

    74% Important

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

  14. Unstructured work

    73% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Teamwork

    71% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  16. Impact of decisions

    69% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Frequent decision making

    67% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  18. Health and safety of others

    66% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Making repetitive motions

    65% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% 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. Independence

    48% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    48% 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

    38% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    38% 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.

  6. Relationships

    29% 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.

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

    76% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

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

  4. Creative

    29% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

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

  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, 51-4041.00 - Machinists.
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