Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

Description

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

Tasks

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

Knowledge

Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Innovation
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

AC/DC Motor Repair Person
AC/DC Winder
Armature Rewinder
Armature Winder Repairer
Assembler, Generator, Repair
Automotive Generator and Starter Repairer
Battery Charger
Battery Inspector
Battery Mechanic
Battery Repairer
Buffing and Polishing Wheel Repairer
Calibrator
Cell Changer
Cell Installer
Cell Repairer
Chemical Cell Changer
Dynamo Tender
Dynamometer Mechanic
Electric Engine Mechanic
Electric Golf Cart Repairer
Electric Motor Analyst
Electric Motor Assembler and Tester
Electric Motor Fitter
Electric Motor Mechanic
Electric Motor Rebuilder
Electric Motor Repairman
Electric Motor Rewinder
Electric Motor Tester Assembler
Electric Motor Winder
Electric Switch Repairer
Electric Tool Repairer
Electrical Contacts Adjuster
Electrical Mechanic
Electrical Mechanical Technician
Electrical Parts Reconditioner
Electrical Technician
Electrician
Electro Mechanic
Electronic Technician
Emergency Generator Mechanic
Generator Mechanic
Generator Repairer
Golf Cart Repairer
Hand and Portable Power Tool Repairer
Large Emergency Storage Battery Maintainer
Lathe Mechanic
Machinist
Magneto Repairer
Maintenance Electrician
Maintenance Technician
Mechanic
Mercury Cell Cleaner
Motor Electrician
Motor Mechanic
Motor Rebuilder
Motor Rewinder
Power Tool Repair Technician
Power Transformer Repairer
Propulsion Motor and Generator Repairer
Repair Electric Motor Assembler
Repair Technician
Salvage Repairer
Saw Repairer
Service Technician
Sewing Machine Adjuster
Starter Mechanic
Switchgear Repairer
Tool Maintenance Worker
Tool Repair Technician
Tool Repairer
Tool Technician
Transformer Mechanic
Transformer Repairer
Vacuum Cleaner Repair Person
Wind Generating Electric Power Installer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$17.42 hourly, $36,240 annual.
Employment (2008):
19,020 employees