People in this career need to:
- Listen to others, understand, and ask questions.
- Express ideas clearly when speaking.
- Read and understand work-related materials.
- Identify problems and review information. Develop, review, and apply solutions.
- Analyze ideas and use logic to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
- Judge the costs and benefits of a possible action.
- Understand new information or materials by studying and working with them.
- Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order.
- Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
- Combine several pieces of information and draw conclusions.
- Identify ways to measure and improve system performance.
- Use reasoning to discover answers to problems.
- Use math and science skills to solve problems.
- Manage the time of self and others.
- Obtain needed equipment, facilities, and materials and oversee their use.
- Decide how to spend money to get the work done and keep track of how the money was used.
- Check how well one is learning or doing something.
- Look for ways to help people.
- Teach others how to do something.
- Determine the causes of technical problems and find solutions for them.
- Repair machines or systems.
- Determine the tools and equipment needed to do a job.
- Maintain equipment on a routine basis. Determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Operate and control equipment.
- Install equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
- Test and inspect products, services, or processes. Evaluate quality or performance,
- Watch gauges, dials, and output to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Analyze needs and requirements when designing products.
- Imagine how something will look if it is moved around or its parts are rearranged.
Reason and Problem Solve
Use Math and Science
Manage Oneself, People, Time and Things
Work with People
Work with Things
Perceive and Visualize
People in this career need knowledge in the following areas:
- Mechanical: Knowledge of designing, using, and repairing machines and tools.
- Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of providing special services to customers based on their needs.
- Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of how to build machines, buildings, and other things. Also includes knowledge of how to use computers, machines, and tools to do work more usefully.
People in this career are people who tend to:
- Consider independence important. They like to make decisions and try out ideas on their own. They prefer jobs where they can plan their work with little supervision.
- Have realistic interests. They like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like to work with plants, animals, and physical materials such as wood, tools, and machinery. They often prefer to work outside.
- Have conventional interests. They like work activities that follow set procedures, routines, and standards. They like to work with data and detail. They prefer working where there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Have investigative interests. They like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking. They like to search for facts and figure out solutions to problems mentally.
Source: Minnesota Department of Education.