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Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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  Tracey Roche

3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the onion...as you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.

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Traffic Warden

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At a Glance... header image

Enforces traffic and parking laws and checks vehicles for tax and insurance details.


The Work header image

Traffic Wardens advise motorists on where and when they may park their vehicles. In a case where a motorist commits an offence for which a notice may be issued the Traffic Warden issues a notice commonly known as a 'fine-on-the-spot-notice'. The notice may only be affixed to a parked vehicle or issued to the person alleged to have committed the offence. The notice stipulates the sum of money that a person liable to be prosecuted for the alleged offence may pay within 21 days as an alternative to the institution of a prosecution.  
 
Traffic Wardens are required to keep accurate records of offences for the purpose of Court proceedings and to attend Court and give evidence as to the offences. They are required from time to time to write clear and concise reports on aspects of their work for the information of superior officers.  
 
Traffic Wardens may also be empowered to authorise the removal of unlawfully parked vehicles to a compound, where the impounded vehicles can be recovered by the owners on payment of removal and storage fees. Traffic Wardens must wear their uniforms at all times while on duty and must of necessity be available to carry out their duties in all weather conditions. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.

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Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic as necessary.

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Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites.

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Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults.

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Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.

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Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.

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Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.

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Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.

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Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.

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Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Traffic wardens need to be observant, alert, and able to think and act quickly. Clear and legible handwriting is essential.  
 
Experience of working with the general public is useful. You need to be capable of dealing calmly with motorists who are upset or aggressive. Tact and patience are needed, and a sense of humour helps. The ability to work alone, without close supervision, is important.  
 
To be a warden you need to be in good health and physically fit, as you will spend a lot of time on your feet, working outdoors in all weathers.


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