Helpers--Extraction Workers

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What they do:
Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.
  • Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.
  • Unload materials, devices, and machine parts, using hand tools.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology

  • mechanical

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Transportation

  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills

  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use

  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Controlled Movement

  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down

Endurance

  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Spatial

  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software

  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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