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Working As A Craftsman

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $52,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Craftsman Do At Phillips 66

* Performing any and all work for which they are qualified, related to repairing, altering, fabricating, removing, installing, assembling, troubleshooting and servicing a wide variety of rotating equipment including pumps, compressors, steam turbines, gearboxes, etc.
* Maintaining and operating all equipment and tools to support and maintain required skills
* Sustaining a well-kept and orderly site in the performance of all work duties
* Working in a team environment and assist other personnel in accomplishing tasks and major projects
* Climbing of equipment and the ability to work in confined spaces at elevated heights is occasionally required as is the ability to work outside in all weather conditions
* Performing all duties in compliance with our Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Management System, applicable government regulations, industry best practices, and all other Phillips 66 policies and/or regulations

What Does A Craftsman Do At The Industrial Company

* Along with building and breaking down scaffolds, scaffold builders also install ladders, walkways and handrails at a construction site or shipping area using a variety of power tools and lifts.
* Before building scaffolds, they are responsible for cleaning and preparing construction sites, including removing debris and dangerous materials.
* Next, they unload the scaffolding materials from a truck.
* These materials typically include the rails, planks and ladders for the scaffold.
* At this point, scaffold builders check all materials and start creating scaffolds

What Does A Craftsman Do At Hussmann

* Work in collaboration with the designer and engineers developing new product using the modular concept to minimize the duplication of component parts and to streamline assembly methods.
* Manufacture prototype merchandisers using material bills, drawings or sketches.
* Effectively, efficiently and safely utilize the equipment in the Model Shop to support all areas of New Product Development to produce parts, prototypes or models.
* Coordinate efforts with all the areas of manufacturing in the scheduling and procuring components or parts to ensure a timely and efficient completion to assigned projects.
* Document changes during the prototype stages of developing new product and communicates changes to the designer or engineer assigned to the project.
* Assist in the implementation of new products into the manufacturing areas either in Bridgeton or off site manufacturing facilities

What Does A Craftsman Do At CB&I

* May mix cement or epoxy grouts using concrete mixing machine or hoe.
* Signals the concrete deliverer to position truck to facilitate pouring.
* May build or reinforce forms or bracing prior to pours.
* Loads, transports and unloads tools, equipment and supplies.
* Spreads concrete to specified depth and workable consistency, using a float to bring water to surface and produce soft topping.
* Levels, smoothes and shapes surfaces of freshly poured concrete, using straight edge and float or power screed.
* Finishes concrete surfaces using power trowel or wets and rubs concrete with abrasive stone to specified finish.
* Remove rough or defective spots from concrete surfaces, power grinder or chisel and hammer and patches holes with fresh concrete or epoxy compound.
* Spray cement mortar or concrete to cover exposed earth, masonry, and steel surfaces and forcing grout into drilled holes or spaces between foundations.
* Molds expansion joints and edges using edging tools, jointers and straight edge.
* May direct sub-grade work and setting of forms.
* Assists in lifting, positioning and securing of materials and work pieces.
* Perform minor maintenance and cleaning activities with tools and equipment.
* Responsible for observing and complying with all safety and project rules

What Does A Craftsman Do At Nabholz Construction Serv

* Keep Safety in front of all things we do including following all Nabholz and job specific safety procedures.
* Receives instructions needed to perform job from supervisor.
* Set up and operates wood working tools to cut, form and finish material for the job.
* Erect or dismantle structures, repair or refinish walls or structures.
* Install wood and/or metal parts.
* Erect or dismantle roofing and/or siding.
* Framing, drywall hanging and minor drywall finishing, etc.
* Painting, touch up or incidental painting after structure repairs.
* Form, place and finish concrete.
* Ceiling installation and repair.
* Hang doors and install locks and hardware.
* Cut, fit and weld structural and miscellaneous steel.
* Maintain shop equipment and tools.
* Be active in team and morale building throughout all job duties including office personnel and craftsmen.
* Perform all miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned

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How To Become A Craftsman

Many aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians learn their trade at an FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. Others enter with a high school education or equivalent and are trained on the job. Some workers enter the occupation after getting training in the military. Aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians typically are certified by the FAA. See Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 65, subparts D and E, for the most current requirements for becoming a certified mechanic.

Education and Training

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians often enter the occupation after attending a Part 147 FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. These schools award a certificate of completion that the FAA recognizes as an alternative to the experience requirements stated in regulations. The schools also grant holders the right to take the relevant FAA exams.

Some aircraft mechanics and service technicians enter the occupation with a high school diploma or equivalent and receive on-the-job training to learn their skills and to be able to pass the FAA exams. Other workers enter the occupation after getting training in the military. Aviation maintenance personnel who are not certified by the FAA work under supervision until they have enough experience and knowledge and become certified.

Avionics technicians typically earn an associate’s degree before entering the occupation. Aircraft controls, systems, and flight instruments have become increasingly digital and computerized. Maintenance workers who have the proper background in aviation flight instruments or computer repair are needed to maintain these complex systems.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are not required to get licenses or certifications, most do, because these credentials often improve a mechanic’s wages and chances for employment. The FAA requires that aircraft maintenance be done either by a certified mechanic with the appropriate ratings or authorizations or under the supervision of such a mechanic.

The FAA offers separate certifications for bodywork (Airframe mechanics, or “A”) and engine work (Powerplant mechanics, or “P”), but employers may prefer to hire mechanics who have both Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) ratings. The A&P ratings generally certify that aviation mechanics meet basic knowledge and ability standards.

Mechanics must be at least 18 years of age, be fluent in English, and have 30 months of experience to qualify for either the A or the P rating or both (the A&P rating). If only one rating is sought by the mechanic, 18 months’ experience is required to take either the Airframe or the Powerplant exam. However, completion of a program at a Part 147 FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school can substitute for the experience requirement and shorten the time requirements for becoming eligible to take the FAA exams.

Applicants must pass written, oral, and practical exams that demonstrate the required skills. Candidates must pass all the tests within a timeframe of 2 years.

To keep their certification, mechanics must have completed relevant repair or maintenance work within the previous 24 months. To fulfill this requirement, mechanics may take classes from their employer, a school, or an aircraft manufacturer.

Avionics technicians typically are certified through a repair station for the specific work being done, or else they hold the Airframe rating to work on an aircraft’s electronic and flight instrument systems. An Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification is available through the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT). It certifies that aviation mechanics have a basic level of knowledge in the subject area, but it is not required by the FAA for any specific tasks. Avionics technicians who work on communications equipment may need to have the proper radiotelephone operator certification issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Other licenses and certifications are available to mechanics who wish to increase their skill set or advance their careers. The Inspection Authorization (IA) is available to mechanics who have had their A&P ratings for at least 3 years and meet other requirements. These mechanics are able to sign off on many major repairs and alterations. Mechanics can get numerous other certifications, such as Repairmen of light-sport aircraft and Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).

Important Qualities

Strength and agility. Mechanics and technicians may need to carry or move heavy equipment or aircraft parts. They may need to climb on airplanes, balance, and reach without falling.

Detail oriented. Mechanics and technicians need to adjust airplane parts to exact specifications. For example, they often use precision tools to tighten wheel bolts to an exact tension.

Dexterity. Mechanics and technicians must possess dexterity to coordinate the movement of their fingers and hands in order to grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts.

Observational skills. Mechanics and technicians must recognize engine noises, read gauges, and collect other information to determine whether an aircraft’s systems are working properly.

Troubleshooting skills. Mechanics and technicians diagnose complex problems, and they need to evaluate options to correct those problems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Avionics technicians may begin their careers as aircraft mechanics and service technicians. As aircraft mechanics and service technicians gain experience, they may study independently, attend formal classes, or otherwise choose to pursue additional certifications that grant privileges to work on specialized flight instruments. Eventually, they may become dedicated avionics technicians who work exclusively on flight instruments.


As aircraft mechanics gain experience, they may advance to lead mechanic, lead inspector, or shop supervisor. Opportunities are best for those who have an inspection authorization (IA). Many specialist certifications are available that allow mechanics to do a wider variety of repairs and alterations.

Mechanics with broad experience in maintenance and repair might become inspectors or examiners for the FAA.

Additional business and management training may help aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians open their own maintenance facility.

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Craftsman Career Paths

Instructor Specialist Maintenance Technician
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operation Supervisor Operations Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Assurance Manager Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Operator Foreman
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Foreman Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Section Chief Platoon Sergeant Operation Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Driver Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Foreman Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Security Officer Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Security Officer Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Police Officer Training Officer
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Section Chief Production Superintendent
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Inspector Quality Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Craftsman Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Filipino

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Braille

  • Russian

  • Carrier

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

  • Italian

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Real Craftsman Salaries

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Software Craftsman Pluralsight, LLC Farmington, UT Sep 11, 2015 $90,000
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Gypsum/Stucco Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2014 $70,395
Gypsum/Stucco Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. MD Oct 18, 2014 $70,395
Terrazzo Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. Lanham, MD Feb 28, 2015 $55,139
Terrazzo Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. Lanham, MD Oct 23, 2014 $55,139
Carpentry Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. MD Aug 12, 2014 $45,977
Carpentry Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. MD Oct 25, 2013 $44,954
Craftsman Eastman Brass Insruments, LLC Hopedale, MA Sep 02, 2014 $42,162 -
Lead Roofing Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. MD Nov 04, 2013 $40,863
Lead Roofing Craftsman Turkish-American Community Center, Inc. MD Mar 25, 2014 $40,863
Log Furniture Craftsman Coldspring Log Furniture Coldspring, TX Jun 16, 2008 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Craftsman


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Top Craftsman Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Military Personnel
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspected facilities/workstations for all hazards and safety procedures to ensure safe working environments.
  • Performed first hand supervision and annual evaluations of assigned military personnel.
  • Provided excellent customer service while collaborating with all stakeholders.
  • Disassemble defective electrical equipment, replace defective or worn parts, and reassemble equipment, using hand tools.
  • Prioritize engine maintenance requirements by inspecting and troubleshooting engines, and analyzing historical data.

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