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Mechanical Door Repairers
SOC Code: 49-9011.00

Install, service, or repair automatic door mechanisms and hydraulic doors. Includes garage door mechanics.

Sample of reported job titles: Commercial Door Installer, Commercial Installer, Door Installer, Door Technician, Garage Door Installer, Garage Door Technician, Installation Technician, Installer, Residential Door Installer, Service Technician

Tasks

  • Wind large springs with upward motion of arm.
  • Adjust doors to open or close with the correct amount of effort or make simple adjustments to electric openers.
  • Carry springs to tops of doors, using ladders or scaffolding, and attach springs to tracks to install spring systems.
  • Repair or replace worn or broken door parts, using hand tools.
  • Complete required paperwork, such as work orders, according to services performed or required.
  • Fasten angle iron back-hangers to ceilings and tracks, using fasteners or welding equipment.
  • Collect payment upon job completion.
  • Install door frames, rails, steel rolling curtains, electronic-eye mechanisms, or electric door openers and closers, using power tools, hand tools, and electronic test equipment.
  • Inspect job sites, assessing headroom, side room, or other conditions to determine appropriateness of door for a given location.
  • Assemble and fasten tracks to structures or bucks, using impact wrenches or welding equipment.
  • Set doors into place or stack hardware sections into openings after rail or track installation.
  • Operate lifts, winches, or chain falls to move heavy curtain doors.
  • Remove or disassemble defective automatic mechanical door closers, using hand tools.
  • Fabricate replacements for worn or broken parts, using welders, lathes, drill presses, or shaping or milling machines.
  • Prepare doors for hardware installation, such as drilling holes to install locks.
  • Run low voltage wiring on ceiling surfaces, using insulated staples.
  • Cut door stops or angle irons to fit openings.
  • Study blueprints and schematic diagrams to determine appropriate methods of installing or repairing automated door openers.
  • Install dock seals, bumpers, or shelters.
  • Order replacement springs, sections, or slats.
  • Lubricate door closer oil chambers and pack spindles with leather washers.
  • Set in and secure floor treadles for door activating mechanisms; then connect power packs and electrical panelboards to treadles.
  • Cover treadles with carpeting or other floor covering materials and test systems by operating treadles.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Work order software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Route navigation software - Route mapping software

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Bench grinder - Bench grinders
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Cold chisels - Flat cold chisels
  • Crimping pliers - Cable crimpers
  • Flat hand file - Flat hand files
  • Forklifts - Warehouse forklifts
  • Hacksaw - Mini hacksaws
  • Hammers - Multipurpose hammers
  • Hand trucks or accessories - Convertible hand trucks
  • Hoists - Material hoists
  • Impact wrenches - Air wrenches
  • Jigsaw - Cordless jigsaws
  • Ladders - Stepladders
  • Levels - Precision levels; Spirit levels
  • Locking pliers - Vise grip pliers
  • Manlift or personnel lift - Manlifts
  • Minivans or vans - Work vans
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Nibblers - Nibbling tools
  • Oscilloscopes - Digital oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Planes - Hand planers; Wood planes
  • Power drills - Cordless drills
  • Power routers - Handheld power routers
  • Power sanders - Cordless sanders
  • Power saws - Circular saws; Electric saws
  • Pullers - Winding bars
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Punch sets
  • Saws - Handsaws
  • Screwdrivers - Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Stick welders
  • Sockets - Socket sets
  • Soldering iron - Solder guns
  • Tablet computers
  • Wire and cable pulling device - Cable pullers
  • Wire or cable cutter - Cable cutters
  • Wire-stripping pliers - Wire strippers
  • Wood gouge - Gouges

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • 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.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Interests

  • Interest code: R
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Telephone - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 91% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 59% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 61% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 58% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 47% responded “Important results.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 74% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 37% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 52% responded “40 hours.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 46% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 77% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 50% responded “Very important.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 59% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 43% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 40% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 39% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 46% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 48% responded “Important.”
  • Level of Competition - 34% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 41% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 34% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 45% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Consequence of Error - 43% responded “Fairly serious.”
  • Electronic Mail - 33% responded “Every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
71%High school diploma or equivalent
17%Less than high school diploma
12%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $19.00 hourly, $39,510 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 20,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,800

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