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Boiler and Engine Operators

ANZSCO ID 712911

Overview

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Boiler and Engine Operators

  • 620 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Boiler or Engine Operators operate and maintain stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plants.

Specialisations: Airconditioning Plant Operator, Marine Engine Driver, Motorman/woman (Fluids Drilling), Refrigeration Plant Operator.

You can work as a Boiler or Engine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in engineering (mechanical, industrial or maritime) might be helpful.

Tasks
  • Maintains supply of solid, liquid or gas fuel to boiler.
  • Maintains required level of water in boiler and controls draught.
  • Cleans and maintains boiler and work area.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Boiler or Engine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in engineering (mechanical, industrial or maritime) might be helpful.

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.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    65% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Production and processing

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. English language

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Chemistry

    41% Skill level

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

  9. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  10. Physics

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Computers and electronics

    36% Skill level

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

  12. Building and construction

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Clerical

    31% Skill level

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

  14. Customer and personal service

    25% Skill level

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

  15. Law and government

    24% Skill level

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

  16. Technical design

    23% Skill level

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

  17. Personnel and human resources

    18% Skill level

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

  18. Psychology

    17% Skill level

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

  19. Economics and accounting

    12% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  2. Repairing

    50% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  3. Troubleshooting

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Operation and control

    46% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  12. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  13. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  14. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Active learning

    37% Skill level

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

  20. Social perceptiveness

    30% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Perceptual speed

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Oral expression

    48% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Selective attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  6. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Control precision

    46% Skill level

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

  8. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  19. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    79% Skill level

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

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Checking for errors or defects

    68% Skill level

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

  6. Working with mechanical equipment

    68% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    66% Skill level

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

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

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

  9. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

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

  10. Looking for changes over time

    63% Skill level

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

  11. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    60% Skill level

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

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

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

  14. Documenting or recording information

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Scheduling work and activities

    59% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  16. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

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

  17. Working with electronic equipment

    56% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  18. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Working with computers

    53% Skill level

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

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

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

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, 51-8021.00 - Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.

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. Exposure to contaminants

    99% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    98% Important

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

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  4. Dangerous conditions

    91% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  5. Contact with people

    91% Important

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

  6. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  8. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    87% Important

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

  9. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Indoors, not heat controlled

    85% Important

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

  12. Face-to-face discussions

    84% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  13. Work at heights

    84% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Health and safety of others

    84% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Unstructured work

    79% Important

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

  18. Dangerous equipment

    79% Important

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

  19. Impact of decisions

    79% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    79% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    71% Important

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

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

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

  3. Independence

    52% 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.

  4. Working conditions

    52% 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

    38% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% 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. Analytical

    67% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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, 51-8021.00 - Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Boiler and Engine Operators

  • 620 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Boiler or Engine Operators operate and maintain stationary engines, boilers, refrigeration and airconditioning systems, and associated mechanical plants.

Specialisations: Airconditioning Plant Operator, Marine Engine Driver, Motorman/woman (Fluids Drilling), Refrigeration Plant Operator.

You can work as a Boiler or Engine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in engineering (mechanical, industrial or maritime) might be helpful.

Tasks
  • Maintains supply of solid, liquid or gas fuel to boiler.
  • Maintains required level of water in boiler and controls draught.
  • Cleans and maintains boiler and work area.

You can work as a Boiler or Engine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in engineering (mechanical, industrial or maritime) might be helpful.

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.

Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    65% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Production and processing

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. English language

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Chemistry

    41% Skill level

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

  9. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  10. Physics

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Computers and electronics

    36% Skill level

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

  12. Building and construction

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Clerical

    31% Skill level

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

  14. Customer and personal service

    25% Skill level

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

  15. Law and government

    24% Skill level

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

  16. Technical design

    23% Skill level

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

  17. Personnel and human resources

    18% Skill level

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

  18. Psychology

    17% Skill level

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

  19. Economics and accounting

    12% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  2. Repairing

    50% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  3. Troubleshooting

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Operation and control

    46% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Equipment maintenance

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  12. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  13. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  14. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Writing

    39% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Active learning

    37% Skill level

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

  20. Social perceptiveness

    30% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Perceptual speed

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Oral expression

    48% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Selective attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  6. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Control precision

    46% Skill level

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

  8. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Auditory attention

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  19. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    79% Skill level

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

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Checking for errors or defects

    68% Skill level

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

  6. Working with mechanical equipment

    68% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    66% Skill level

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

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

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

  9. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

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

  10. Looking for changes over time

    63% Skill level

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

  11. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    60% Skill level

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

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    59% Skill level

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

  14. Documenting or recording information

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Scheduling work and activities

    59% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  16. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

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

  17. Working with electronic equipment

    56% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  18. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Working with computers

    53% Skill level

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

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

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

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, 51-8021.00 - Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.

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. Exposure to contaminants

    99% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    98% Important

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

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  4. Dangerous conditions

    91% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  5. Contact with people

    91% Important

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

  6. Telephone

    90% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  8. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    87% Important

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

  9. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  11. Indoors, not heat controlled

    85% Important

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

  12. Face-to-face discussions

    84% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  13. Work at heights

    84% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Health and safety of others

    84% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Frequent decision making

    81% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Unstructured work

    79% Important

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

  18. Dangerous equipment

    79% Important

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

  19. Impact of decisions

    79% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    79% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    71% Important

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

  2. Relationships

    67% Important

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

  3. Independence

    52% 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.

  4. Working conditions

    52% 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

    38% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% 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. Analytical

    67% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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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, 51-8021.00 - Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.
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