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  Mary Joyce
Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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Light Industry Assembler

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At a Glance... header image

Work to fit components together to make products in a range of industries, such as furniture making, electronics or automotive supplies


The Work header image

Assemblers fit parts together to form completed products or parts of other products. Assemblers usually work on a conveyor system in a factory where they add a part or parts to the item as it goes past them. Sub-assemblies (parts of products) may go to other factories for fitting into completed products.  
 
The series of tasks is usually simple and repetitive but sometimes it may be necessary to follow sets of instructions and diagrams. Assemblers may use tools such as screwdrivers, pliers and tweezers. Assembly of some electronic circuitry may involve the use of soldering irons. Assembly of larger objects such as cars will require a lot of standing and some lifting.  
 
The assembler is usually designated to one specific part of the assembly rather than the assembly of the whole product.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Perform quality checks on products and parts.

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Package finished products and prepare them for shipment.

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Rotate through all the tasks required in a particular production process.

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Shovel, sweep, or otherwise clean work areas.

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Review work orders and blueprints to ensure work is performed according to specifications.

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Complete production reports to communicate team production level to management.

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Determine work assignments and procedures.

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Maintain production equipment and machinery.

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Provide assistance in the production of wiring assemblies.

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Supervise assemblers and train employees on job procedures.

Work Activities header image

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

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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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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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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


Knowledge header image

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

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

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

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

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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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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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need patience and good practical skills. It may be necessary to have good close eyesight, and your colour vision may be tested if the tasks involve electrical wiring. You will need to work quickly and accurately and have a good eye for detail. You will also need to follow instructions or diagrams. You must be able to work as part of a team.  
 
You must be able to concentrate for long periods of time. The work can be repetitive and may require standing or sitting at a bench for most of the day.


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