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Career Details :: Geological Sample Test Technicians
Test and analyze geological samples, crude oil, or petroleum products to detect presence of petroleum, gas, or mineral deposits indicating potential for exploration and production, or to determine physical and chemical properties to ensure that products meet quality standards.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Tests samples for content and characteristics, using laboratory apparatus and testing equipment.
- Analyzes samples to determine presence, quantity, and quality of products, such as oil or gases.
- Assembles and disassembles testing, measuring, and mechanical equipment and devices.
- Collects solid and fluid samples from oil-or-gas bearing formations for analysis.
- Records testing and operational data for review and further analysis.
- Adjusts and repairs testing, electrical, and mechanical equipment and devices.
- Supervises and coordinates activities of workers, including initiating and recommending personnel actions.
- Inspects engines for wear and defective parts, using equipment and measuring devices.
- Chemical Equipment Controllers and Operators
- Combination Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Geological Data Technicians
- Heating Equipment Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Office Machine and Cash Register Servicers
- Power Distributors and Dispatchers
- Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
- Ship Engineers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Documenting/Recording Information
Frequent Work Context
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done