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Metal Polishers

ANZSCO ID 322115

Overview

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Metal Polishers

  • 410 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

Metal Polishers polish metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.

You can work as a Metal Polisher without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering (fabrication trade).

Tasks
  • Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Metal Polisher without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering (fabrication trade).

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    49% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Computers and electronics

    38% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    38% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    31% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    28% Skill level

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

  10. Engineering and technology

    28% Skill level

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

  11. Education and training

    26% Skill level

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

  12. Public safety and security

    22% Skill level

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

  13. Customer and personal service

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Building and construction

    18% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    18% Skill level

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

  16. Physics

    16% Skill level

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

  17. Psychology

    14% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    12% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    8% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Active listening

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Troubleshooting

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Coordination with others

    36% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Equipment maintenance

    36% Skill level

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

  14. Speaking

    36% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  15. Repairing

    36% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  16. Time management

    32% Skill level

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

  17. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  18. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Systems analysis

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Equipment selection

    30% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Reaction time

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Visualization

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Depth perception

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Static strength

    45% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Rate control

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    81% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Documenting or recording information

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    56% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    56% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Working with mechanical equipment

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Assessing and evaluating things

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Collecting and organising information

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Doing physically active work

    49% Skill level

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

  15. Training and teaching others

    49% Skill level

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

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Looking for changes over time

    47% Skill level

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

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

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

  20. Researching and investigating

    40% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

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

    99% Important

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

  3. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    83% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Spend time standing

    82% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Pace of work set by equipment

    81% Important

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

  8. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    77% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Dangerous equipment

    77% Important

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

  12. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Making repetitive motions

    75% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  14. Exposure to contaminants

    74% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    74% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  16. Teamwork

    72% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

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

  18. Health and safety of others

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Contact with people

    69% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    57% 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

    43% 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. Relationships

    43% 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Achievement

    24% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    24% 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

    33% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    24% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% 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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Metal Polishers

  • 410 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

Metal Polishers polish metal to impart smooth, reflective and other finishes.

You can work as a Metal Polisher without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering (fabrication trade).

Tasks
  • Finishes metal and articles by polishing and buffing and applying shellac, lacquer, paint and other finishes.

You can work as a Metal Polisher without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as engineering (fabrication trade).

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    49% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Computers and electronics

    38% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    38% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    31% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    28% Skill level

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

  10. Engineering and technology

    28% Skill level

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

  11. Education and training

    26% Skill level

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

  12. Public safety and security

    22% Skill level

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

  13. Customer and personal service

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Building and construction

    18% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    18% Skill level

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

  16. Physics

    16% Skill level

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

  17. Psychology

    14% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    12% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    8% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    41% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Complex problem solving

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Active listening

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Troubleshooting

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Coordination with others

    36% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Equipment maintenance

    36% Skill level

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

  14. Speaking

    36% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  15. Repairing

    36% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  16. Time management

    32% Skill level

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

  17. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  18. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Systems analysis

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  20. Equipment selection

    30% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Reaction time

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Visualization

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Depth perception

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Static strength

    45% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Rate control

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    81% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Documenting or recording information

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    56% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    56% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Working with mechanical equipment

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Assessing and evaluating things

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Collecting and organising information

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Doing physically active work

    49% Skill level

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

  15. Training and teaching others

    49% Skill level

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

  16. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Looking for changes over time

    47% Skill level

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

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

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

  20. Researching and investigating

    40% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool 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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

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

    99% Important

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

  3. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    83% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  6. Spend time standing

    82% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Pace of work set by equipment

    81% Important

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

  8. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    77% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Dangerous equipment

    77% Important

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

  12. Impact of decisions

    77% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Making repetitive motions

    75% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  14. Exposure to contaminants

    74% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    74% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  16. Teamwork

    72% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

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

  18. Health and safety of others

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  20. Contact with people

    69% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    57% 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

    43% 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. Relationships

    43% 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Achievement

    24% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    24% 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

    33% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    24% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% 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, 51-4033.00 - Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.
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