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Metallurgical and Materials Technicians

ANZSCO ID 312912

Overview

All Other Building and Engineering Technicians

  • $2,812 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Metallurgical and Materials Technicians

  • 3,600 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

Metallurgical or Materials Technicians test materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials in support of Metallurgists and Materials Engineers.

Specialisations: Dye Penetrant Testing Technician, Heat Treatment Technician, Magnetic Testing Technician, Metallurgy Laboratory Technician, Non-destructive Testing Technician, Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Refinery Laboratory Technician, Pressure Testing Technician, Ultrasound Technician.

You need extensive experience, or a certificate IV in manufacturing technology or another related field to work as a Metallurgical or Materials Technician.

Tasks
  • Studies the properties of metals and other materials.
  • Develops and improves existing materials.
  • Develops new combinations of metals (alloy development) and creates products that combine metals with other materials.
  • Develops techniques to repair metal damage.
  • Advises engineers and manufacturers on industrial processes that use metals and the correct selection of metals for specific uses.
  • Checks the quality of metals or other materials used in new products.
  • Conducts quality tests and other tests to detect defects.
  • Uses ultrasonic, radiographic and other non-destructive testing methods.
  • Interprets results from radiographs, meters and other indicators.
  • Write evidence briefs for litigation cases and appear as an expert witness in court.

Prospects

Pathways

You need extensive experience, or a certificate IV in manufacturing technology or another related field to work as a Metallurgical or Materials Technician.

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 Metal and Engineering and Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Building and Engineering Technicians who are hardworking, motivated and can multitask under pressure.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    87% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    82% Skill level

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

  3. Physics

    78% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    78% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and processing

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Computers and electronics

    70% Skill level

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

  7. Technical design

    67% Skill level

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

  8. Mechanical

    66% Skill level

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

  9. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  10. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Education and training

    56% Skill level

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

  12. Customer and personal service

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Personnel and human resources

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Law and government

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  17. Building and construction

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Communications and media

    37% Skill level

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

  19. Biology

    35% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Economics and accounting

    35% 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. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active learning

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    63% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Operations analysis

    61% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  7. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  8. Speaking

    59% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Instructing

    54% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Quality control analysis

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  18. Time management

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    46% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    66% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Mathematics

    64% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

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

  10. Working with numbers

    61% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  11. Originality

    59% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Visualization

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    82% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    82% Skill level

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

  3. Thinking creatively

    81% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    81% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    79% Skill level

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

  6. Researching and investigating

    79% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    77% Skill level

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

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

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

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    74% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    73% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  12. Explaining things to people

    71% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  13. Documenting or recording information

    68% Skill level

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

  14. Giving expert advice

    68% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    67% Skill level

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

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    66% Skill level

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

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

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

  18. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

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

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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, 17-2131.00 - Materials Engineers.

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. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Teamwork

    85% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    83% Important

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

  8. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  10. Contact with people

    77% Important

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

  11. Letters and memos

    76% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  12. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  13. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Time pressure

    71% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Health and safety of others

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    68% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    63% Important

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

  18. Competition

    63% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Consequence of error

    63% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Frequent decision making

    63% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Values

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

  1. Support

    81% 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

    76% 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

    76% 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

    71% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    67% 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

    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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

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

  2. Practical

    86% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  4. Administrative

    48% Important

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

  5. Creative

    38% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 17-2131.00 - Materials Engineers.

All Other Building and Engineering Technicians

  • $2,812 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Metallurgical and Materials Technicians

  • 3,600 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

Metallurgical or Materials Technicians test materials as part of mineral and metal processing and refining, or for research into metals, ceramics, polymers and other materials in support of Metallurgists and Materials Engineers.

Specialisations: Dye Penetrant Testing Technician, Heat Treatment Technician, Magnetic Testing Technician, Metallurgy Laboratory Technician, Non-destructive Testing Technician, Petroleum Products Laboratory Technician, Petroleum Refinery Laboratory Technician, Pressure Testing Technician, Ultrasound Technician.

You need extensive experience, or a certificate IV in manufacturing technology or another related field to work as a Metallurgical or Materials Technician.

Tasks
  • Studies the properties of metals and other materials.
  • Develops and improves existing materials.
  • Develops new combinations of metals (alloy development) and creates products that combine metals with other materials.
  • Develops techniques to repair metal damage.
  • Advises engineers and manufacturers on industrial processes that use metals and the correct selection of metals for specific uses.
  • Checks the quality of metals or other materials used in new products.
  • Conducts quality tests and other tests to detect defects.
  • Uses ultrasonic, radiographic and other non-destructive testing methods.
  • Interprets results from radiographs, meters and other indicators.
  • Write evidence briefs for litigation cases and appear as an expert witness in court.

You need extensive experience, or a certificate IV in manufacturing technology or another related field to work as a Metallurgical or Materials Technician.

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 Metal and Engineering and Resources and Infrastructure Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Building and Engineering Technicians who are hardworking, motivated and can multitask under pressure.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    87% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    82% Skill level

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

  3. Physics

    78% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    78% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Production and processing

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Computers and electronics

    70% Skill level

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

  7. Technical design

    67% Skill level

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

  8. Mechanical

    66% Skill level

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

  9. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  10. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Education and training

    56% Skill level

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

  12. Customer and personal service

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Personnel and human resources

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Law and government

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  17. Building and construction

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Communications and media

    37% Skill level

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

  19. Biology

    35% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  20. Economics and accounting

    35% 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. Science

    66% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active learning

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    63% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Operations analysis

    61% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  7. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  8. Speaking

    59% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Instructing

    54% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  14. Quality control analysis

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  18. Time management

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    46% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    70% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    66% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Mathematics

    64% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

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

  10. Working with numbers

    61% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  11. Originality

    59% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Visualization

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  17. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    82% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    82% Skill level

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

  3. Thinking creatively

    81% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    81% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    79% Skill level

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

  6. Researching and investigating

    79% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Looking for changes over time

    77% Skill level

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

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

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

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    74% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    73% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  12. Explaining things to people

    71% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  13. Documenting or recording information

    68% Skill level

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

  14. Giving expert advice

    68% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    67% Skill level

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

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    66% Skill level

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

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

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

  18. Building good relationships

    63% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    63% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process 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, 17-2131.00 - Materials Engineers.

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. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    92% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Teamwork

    85% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    83% Important

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

  8. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  10. Contact with people

    77% Important

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

  11. Letters and memos

    76% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  12. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  13. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Time pressure

    71% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Health and safety of others

    70% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    68% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    63% Important

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

  18. Competition

    63% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Consequence of error

    63% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Frequent decision making

    63% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Values

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

  1. Support

    81% 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

    76% 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

    76% 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

    71% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    67% 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

    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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

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

  2. Practical

    86% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  4. Administrative

    48% Important

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

  5. Creative

    38% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 17-2131.00 - Materials Engineers.
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