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Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

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Repair, maintain, or install electric motors, wiring, or switches.

    Work Activities
    • Inspect and test equipment to locate damage or worn parts and diagnose malfunctions, or read work orders or schematic drawings to determine required repairs.
    • Verify and adjust alignments and dimensions of parts, using gauges and tracing lathes.
    • Reassemble repaired electric motors to specified requirements and ratings, using hand tools and electrical meters.
    • Measure velocity, horsepower, revolutions per minute (rpm), amperage, circuitry, and voltage of units or parts to diagnose problems, using ammeters, voltmeters, wattmeters, and other testing devices.
    • Repair and rebuild defective mechanical parts in electric motors, generators, and related equipment, using hand tools and power tools.
    • Lift units or parts such as motors or generators, using cranes or chain hoists, or signal crane operators to lift heavy parts or subassemblies.
    • Record repairs required, parts used, and labor time.
    • Disassemble defective equipment so that repairs can be made, using hand tools.
    • Adjust working parts, such as fan belts, contacts, and springs, using hand tools and gauges.
    • Steam-clean polishing and buffing wheels to remove abrasives and bonding materials, and spray, brush, or recoat surfaces as necessary.
    • Set machinery for proper performance, using computers.
    • Lubricate moving parts.
    • Read service guides to find information needed to perform repairs.
    • Inspect electrical connections, wiring, relays, charging resistance boxes, and storage batteries, following wiring diagrams.
    • Test equipment for overheating, using speed gauges and thermometers.
    • Reface, ream, and polish commutators and machine parts to specified tolerances, using machine tools.
    • Maintain stocks of parts.
    • Cut and form insulation, and insert insulation into armature, rotor, or stator slots.
    • Scrape and clean units or parts, using cleaning solvents and equipment such as buffing wheels.
    • Assemble electrical parts such as alternators, generators, starting devices, and switches, following schematic drawings and using hand, machine, and power tools.
    • Solder, wrap, and coat wires to ensure proper insulation.
    • Rewire electrical systems, and repair or replace electrical accessories.
    • Clean cells, cell assemblies, glassware, leads, electrical connections, and battery poles, using scrapers, steam, water, emery cloths, power grinders, or acid.
    • Rewind coils on cores in slots, or make replacement coils, using coil-winding machines.
    • Test conditions, fluid levels, and specific gravities of electrolyte cells, using voltmeters, hydrometers, and thermometers.
    • Weld, braze, or solder electrical connections.
    • Add water or acid to battery cell solutions to obtain specified concentrations.
    • Pour compounds into transformer-case terminal openings to seal out moisture.
    • Remove and replace defective parts such as coil leads, carbon brushes, and wires, using soldering equipment.
    • Hammer out dents and twists in tools and equipment.
    • Drain and filter transformer oil and refill transformers with oil until coils are submerged.
    • Seal joints with putty, mortar, and asbestos, using putty extruders and knives.
    • Repair and operate battery-charging equipment.
    • Sharpen tools such as saws, picks, shovels, screwdrivers, and scoops, either manually or by using bench grinders and emery wheels.
    • Inspect batteries for structural defects such as dented cans, damaged carbon rods and terminals, and defective seals.
    • Test battery charges, and replace or recharge batteries as necessary.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • English Language

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

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $43,670/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $21.00/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 800
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Stripping tools
    • Screwdrivers
    • Electrical coil winding machine
    • Ammeters
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    Tags
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