Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as 'building blocks' because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
Industrial mechanics and construction millwrights install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. Industrial mechanics are employed in manufacturing plants, utilities and other industrial establishments. Construction millwrights are employed by millwrighting contractors.
Working with Others
Industrial mechanics and construction millwrights perform many of their tasks independently. They also form teams with co-workers, clients and contractors when necessary to install and overhaul larger pieces of equipment and complete industrial systems. They may supervise and train apprentices and junior mechanics.
As new equipment and tools and changing regulations are a regular feature of their work environments, industrial mechanics and construction millwrights must learn continuously. They read manuals and bulletins to stay abreast of developments in their field. They also learn informally by exchanging information with co-workers and suppliers. They attend training workshops on new equipment and safety procedures, as required by their employers. They may also take courses on their own initiative to learn and improve related technical skills, such as welding and pump repair.
All essential skills are affected by the introduction of technology in the workplace. Industrial Mechanics and Construction Millwrights' ability to adapt to new technologies is strongly related to their skill levels across the essential skills, including reading, writing, thinking and communication skills. Technologies are transforming the ways in which workers obtain, process and communicate information, and the types of skills needed to perform in their jobs. In particular, industrial mechanics and construction millwrights need digital skills to perform day-to-day tasks, such as operating personal digital assistant (PDA) devices and calculators (e.g. to calculate material requirements) and modifying scale drawings using computer-assisted design (CAD), manufacturing and machining programs. They may also use records management databases, communication software and the Internet. For instance, industrial mechanics and construction millwrights use Internet browsers and search engines to access technical service bulletins, codes, specifications and troubleshooting guides.
Technology in the workplace further affects the complexity of tasks related to the essential skills required for this occupation. In particular, the sophisticated mechanisms found in industrial equipment have increased the complexity of technical drawings, such as schematics of complex mechanical, structural, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. At the same time, workers can also complete documents, such as equipment maintenance records, with speed and accuracy using software applications that input data automatically.