In a typical work setting, heavy equipment mechanics:
- Have a medium level of social contact. They communicate with others while they are working to ensure safety.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
- Occasionally are placed in conflict situations in which others may be rude or angry.
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- Usually speak to others via face-to-face discussions, telephone, and e-mail.
- Sometimes work as part of a team of mechanics.
Physical Work Conditions
- Are often exposed to whole body vibration.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment, situations, and conditions.
- Sometimes work outdoors at the work site, and sometimes work indoors in the repair shop.
- Sometimes stand or lie in awkward positions to repair equipment. Occasionally must climb to high places to reach parts of equipment.
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- Often work in areas that may be hot or cold, depending on the weather.
- Are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are uncomfortable.
- Work inside various types of vehicles and equipment while repairing them.
- Must work in a variety of lighting conditions, from dim to bright.
- Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could seriously endanger their own safety or the safety of workers who operate the equipment.
- Sometimes repeat the same physical and mental tasks.
- Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
- Often make decisions that impact their employer or their customers without consulting another first.
- Usually work a 40-hour week.
- May travel many miles from the repair shop to reach equipment needing repair.