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Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers




Bicycle repairers:
Repair and service bicycles using hand tools.

  • 1998 employment: 11,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: Faster than average
  • Most significant source of training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Camera and photographic equipment repairers:
Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including motion picture cameras and equipment, using specialized tools and testing devices.

  • 1998 employment: 9,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: Slower than average
  • Most significant source of training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Locksmiths and safe repairers:
Repair and open locks; make keys; change locks and safe combinations; and install and repair safes.

  • 1998 employment: 27,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: About as fast as average
  • Most significant source of training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Medical equipment repairers:
Test, adjust, and repair electromedical equipment using hand tools and meters.

  • 1998 employment: 11,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: About as fast as average
  • Most significant source of training: Long-term on-the-job training

Precision instrument repairers:
Install, test, repair, maintain, and adjust indicating, recording, telemetering, and controlling instruments used to measure and control variables such as pressure, flow, temperature, motion, force, and chemical composition. Include instrument repairers who repair, calibrate, and test instruments such as voltmeters, ammeters, and galvanometers.

  • 1998 employment: 33,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: A decline
  • Most significant source of training: Long-term on-the-job training

Riggers:
Set up or repair rigging for ships and shipyards, manufacturing plants, logging yards, construction projects, and for the entertainment industry. Select cables, ropes, pulleys, winches, blocks, and sheaves according to weight and size of load to be moved. Coordinate and direct other workers and the movement of equipment to accomplish the task.

  • 1998 employment: 11,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: Little or no change
  • Most significant source of training: Long-term on-the-job training

Tire repairers and changers:
Repair and replace tires, tubes, treads, and related products on automobiles, buses, trucks, and other vehicles. Duties include mounting tires on wheels, balancing tires and wheels, and testing and repairing damaged tires and inner tubes.

  • 1998 employment: 83,000
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: About as fast as average
  • Most significant source of training: Short-term on-the-job training

Watch repairers:
Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of instruments such as watches, time clocks, and timing switches using hand tools and measuring instruments.

  • 1998 employment: 8,400
  • Projected 1998-2008 employment change: A decline
  • Most significant source of training: Long-term on-the-job training

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