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Top Technician Skills

Technicians are highly-skilled professionals who work with complex mechanical or technical systems. Technicians perform repairs, make suggestions, and maintain a specific technology. They are knowledgeable of how these systems work and of how to work with these systems in a practical way.

Employers look for technicians who are knowledgeable in their field, and who are able to quickly perform the necessary tasks that help a workplace run smoothly. In maintaining and repairing systems, technicians must have the ability to pay close attention to the issue at hand and quickly resolve it. Read below to find out some of the most in-demand skills for technicians

What Are Technician Resume Skills?


Technicians are technical experts in their specialized field of work, so the technical skills, or hard skills, these workers will need depend heavily on what type of technician they are. Some of the most important hard skills a technician can possess include diagnosing issues, performing preventative maintenance, working with hand tools, and compliance with safety procedures.

When it comes to soft skills, technicians should have strong customer service and communication skills. Technicians need to ensure that the equipment they work with is OSHA compliant , so strong discernment skills are crucial as well.

Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a technician. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of technician resumes they appeared on. For example, 13.0% of technician resumes contained customer service as a skill. Let's find out what skills a technician actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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The six most common skills found on Technician resumes in 2020. Read below to see the full list.

1. Customer Service

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Customer service is the process of offering assistance to all the current and potential customers -- answering questions, fixing problems, and providing excellent service. The main goal of customer service is to build a strong relationship with the customers so that they keep coming back for more business.

Here's how Customer Service is used in Technician jobs:
  • Provided outstanding customer service while performing the installation and repair U-verse television and other in-home entertainment and communication services.
  • Developed and maintained solid client relationships by providing quality customer service upon on-site visits or by phone.
  • Captured and documented for historical purposes the installation procedures and tracked customer service levels.
  • Provided customer service and technical support throughout the United States/Canada for Merchant Services.
  • Provide quality customer service that includes efficient, precise and courteous communication.
  • Provide professional laptop/desktop support and customer service to military and civilian customers.
  • Performed engineering specified circuit regrades/upgrades, and customer service cuts and porting.
  • Provided customer service to voters at precincts during primary and national elections.
  • Provided exceptional Customer Service to a territory of over 300 customers.
  • Provided quality customer service answering phone calls making orders for customers.
  • Maintain high customer service satisfaction and establish strong customer relationships.
  • Monitored Associates to ensure excellent customer service was delivered.
  • Maintain a professional storefront and provide excellent customer service
  • Adhered to customer service procedures and privacy regulations.
  • Responded to monorail delays and provided customer service.
  • Maintained good customer relations and provided excellent customer service
  • Performed customer service and public relations functions.
  • Provide customer service of product features and specifications
  • Established a reputation for outstanding customer service.
  • Increased ability to provide superior customer service.

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2. Patient Care

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Patient care entails the diagnosis, recovery, and control of sickness as well as the maintenance of physical and emotional well-being through the use of healthcare providers' services. Patient care is described as services provided to patients by health practitioners or non-professionals under guidance.

Here's how Patient Care is used in Technician jobs:
  • Organized the medical environment, performed and directed support activities in-patient care situations including contingency operations and disasters.
  • Document information regarding patient care and behavior as required in policy and procedure.
  • Worked collaboratively with physicians and nurses to provide quality patient care.
  • Prepare and label intravenous medications and delivered to patient care areas.
  • Coordinate the necessary administrative tasks related to patient care.
  • Improved patient care/satisfaction; and increased patient access.
  • Assisted nursing personnel with facilitating patient care.
  • Answered phones calls, answered the call light, notified the nurses and the patient care technician of the patient's need
  • Provided, supervised, managed and evaluated patient care and treatment to beneficiaries to include flying and special operational duty personnel.
  • Gained invaluable knowledge and experience by providing direct patient care in a fast paced, high acuity, urban emergency department.
  • Performed trauma support patient care activities in the emergency department, and assisted with procedures ordered by a physician or RN.
  • Provided patient care in accordance with standards of nursing practice through the implementation of patient care plans for the desired clinical outcomes
  • Nurse's Aide - Assist Nurses with patient care, set up and assist the Physicians and Nurses with surgical procedures.
  • Assisted nursing staff with patient care, log in- take and out - put on all patients on the floor.
  • Provided patient care after business hours which entailed giving medications, recording vital signs, and assessing current condition/comfort level.
  • Provide family centered patient care to neonates, and their families, in the NICU under supervision of the RN.
  • Assisted doctors and nurses with providing basic and emergency patient care, and ensured hospital rooms where clean and stocked.
  • Provided excellent patient care in the Level I Trauma Center for a diverse population from infant through geriatric ages.
  • Trained new employees on the ambulance whenever necessary to show them the 911 systems and train in patient care.
  • Provided post-op patient care as required through standard concepts, practices, and procedures within this particular field.

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3. Communication

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Communication is the ability to express one's ideas and thoughts to other people using expressions, words, or actions. Communication is to receive or send any kind of information. People need to be able to communicate and convey their message to the customers to run a successful business.

Here's how Communication is used in Technician jobs:
  • Generated descriptions using electronic communication tools and software with sound written and oral communication skills including Dragon and CoPath.
  • Maintained records of daily data communication transactions, problems and remedial actions taken, and installation activities.
  • Assisted and led installation and integration of both indoor and outdoor cellular communication equipment for Verizon Wireless.
  • Attended managers meetings and communication with production department leadership providing finished good requirements for week and month.
  • Demonstrate therapeutic communication with patients and families and sensitivity to patient privacy as outlined in HIPAA.
  • Supervised and coordinated workers engaged in problem-solving, monitoring, and installing data communication equipment and software
  • Contributed to restoration of major communication outages, while driving customer satisfaction in a team effort.
  • Interacted with the administrative and medical personnel, patients and support services utilizing appropriate communication skills.
  • DOT communication and sub-contractors interaction to ensure high quality results to meet and exceed contractual requirements
  • Managed ECP Department, including communication with referring Cardiologist regarding patient progress and updates.
  • Used excellent communication skills and a positive attitude when addressing patients from diverse populations.
  • Provided effective communication to customers, supervisors and individuals seeking assistance with product information.
  • Schedule doctor appointments for residents Skills Used Computer skills Effective communication skills Accurate data entry
  • Maintained communication with supervisor and other employees utilizing two-way radio and hand signals.
  • Maintained excellent communication and friendly attitude with receptionist at each department upon delivery.
  • Created and maintained spreadsheets for efficient communication of information within a group.
  • Maintained, analyzed and repaired two-way wireless communication devices for global usage.
  • Employed professional and tactful communication skills when interacting with customers and coworkers.
  • Performed duties in electronics maintenance and alignments of critical communication systems.
  • Assess customer's style of communication in order to effectively communicate.

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4. Emergency

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An emergency is a situation or condition that poses a great risk to the health, wealth, or property of someone. An emergency can be affecting the health of a person, like a heart attack, or it may even be a natural disaster, e.g. an earthquake. Emergencies can take place at home or at workplaces and they need immediate intervention to prevent the danger.

Here's how Emergency is used in Technician jobs:
  • Trained to provide emergency medical treatment necessary to stabilize and evacuate injured personnel while acting in an enemy evading recovery role.
  • Supported their individual treatment goals by monitoring their daily progress and documenting psychiatric and behavioral changes, and emergency incidents.
  • Assisted board certified Neurologist, Internal medicine and Surgery specialist in surgery, advanced diagnostic testing and emergency cases.
  • Received certification in Hazardous Material Operations, Vehicle Extrication, Fundamentals of Firefighting, and Emergency Vehicle Driver Training.
  • Perform duties as combined Licensed Practical Nurse, independent duty medical technician, and Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Trained for qualification, over 200 sailors in elevator operations, emergency procedures, and elevator safety.
  • Developed Cooperate specific policy changes and procedures for Powered Industrial Truck Safety and Emergency Response Team Tactics.
  • Dedicated to improving the UC Berkeley campus safety through disaster preparedness and emergency response.
  • Coordinated regular medical student and resident training in anesthesia, surgery and emergency medicine.
  • Performed emergency room functions under the supervision of emergency room doctors.
  • Checked emergency resuscitation cart inventory daily to ensure readiness.
  • Assisted in performing scheduled and emergency cesarean sections.
  • Provide emergency on call restoration of transport equipment.
  • Assisted visitors in various routine and emergency situations.
  • Respond to emergency situations as difficulties arose.
  • Responded to emergency medical and aircraft incidents.
  • Provide medical interventions in an emergency situation.
  • Work on emergency situations and natural disasters.
  • Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Measured and installed emergency box enclosures.

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5. Hand Tools

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Here's how Hand Tools is used in Technician jobs:
  • Dismantled devices to gain access to and remove defective parts, using hoists, cranes, hand tools and power tools.
  • Remove rough spots and smooth surfaces to fit, trim, or clean parts, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Mount compressor, condenser, and other components in specified locations on frames, using hand tools and acetylene welding equipment.
  • Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to wiring diagrams, using electrician's hand tools.
  • Use of sealants, adhesives, and respirators * Use various hand tools to repair RV's * Estimating various jobs.
  • Fabricate and assemble structural and functional components of refrigeration system, using hand tools, power tools, and welding equipment.
  • Align, fit, or assemble component parts using hand tools, power tools, fixtures, templates, or microscopes.
  • Used hand tools, custom devices to assemble small batteries and their test devices, battery cleaning and data record keeping.
  • Load materials into extruding and forming machines, using hand tools, and adjust feed mechanisms to set feed rates.
  • Operate and put to use all associated common hand tools, hammers, drills, punches, wrenches, etc.
  • Adjusted, connected and disconnected wiring, piping, tubing and other parts, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Installed and replaced machinery, equipment and new and replacement parts and instruments, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Adjust functional parts of devices or control instruments, using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, or straightedges.
  • Use of electronics hand tools, soldering iron, etc to repair cables, fixture and other test interfaces.
  • Aligned, fit, and assembled component parts of the J-Box and Derrick Remote J-Box, using hand tools.
  • Work with hand tools to install and rearrange wiring for phone jacks, data jacks, and cable lines.
  • Seal punctures in tubeless tires by inserting adhesive material and expanding rubber plugs into punctures, using hand tools.
  • Skilled in use of engine and electrical diagnostics equipment, hand tools, pneumatic tools, and power tools.
  • Assemble components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools or soldering irons.
  • Used a micro sandblaster, a high speed buffer and grinder, various scrapers, and hand tools.

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6. Diagnosis

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Here's how Diagnosis is used in Technician jobs:
  • Troubleshooted equipment wiring harnesses using technical manuals and schematic drawings to diagnosis and isolate faults and effect repairs.
  • Educated patients and family members regarding diagnosis, injury prevention and therapeutic treatments.
  • Performed repairs on vehicles after diagnosis was performed and customer approval obtained.
  • Performed preventative maintenance and diagnosis on a wide array of semi-conductor tools.
  • Prepare specimen and perform laboratory procedure used in the diagnosis.
  • Use electrocardiograph to provide information for diagnosis of heart aliments.
  • Provided additional troubleshooting when systems had issues beyond initial diagnosis.
  • Assisted Physicians in diagnosis and treatment of various cardiovascular problems.
  • Interfaced with machine operators to facilitate diagnosis of problem.
  • Processed, monitored and developed images for diagnosis.
  • Perform repair and diagnosis on automotive and diesel vehicles
  • Assist credentialed providers in identifying mental health diagnosis.
  • Received a certificate in Electrical diagnosis and repair.
  • Conducted diagnosis of problems according to customer complaint.
  • Replace parts required to repair appliances after diagnosis
  • Performed Diagnosis and repairs of automobiles.
  • Advanced engine diagnosis training with oscilloscope.
  • Worked Automotive on board computer diagnosis.
  • Perform basic electrical diagnosis and repairs.
  • Perform electrical and computer diagnosis.

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7. Preventive Maintenance

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Here's how Preventive Maintenance is used in Technician jobs:
  • Applied continuous improvement processes in all functional areas; recommended and implemented numerous preventive maintenance procedures increasing equipment up time.
  • Performed service calls, preventive maintenance, installations and decommissioning on oilfield generators, air conditioners and water chiller equipment.
  • Monitor functions of operating radio transceivers and associated equipment; performing preventive maintenance on radio communications and related equipment.
  • Maintained equipment using an assortment of preventative maintenance programs and procedures, as outlined within manufacture's guidelines.
  • Maintained equipment operations by following instructions, troubleshooting breakdowns, maintaining supplies, and performing preventive maintenance.
  • Preformed preventive maintenance on auxiliary equipment, main propulsion equipment and refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
  • Maintain the communication systems operational integrity via preventive maintenance routines and off hours critical repair service.
  • Identified database discrepancies by performing proactive preventive maintenance and providing corrected information to appropriate personnel.
  • Conducted tests for new product validations, performed in-house calibration and preventive maintenance on equipment.
  • Planned and scheduled preventive maintenance shutdowns while ensuring necessary parts and manpower were available.
  • Performed daily and periodic preventive maintenance for the upkeep of expensive semiconductor equipment.
  • Perform maintenance on existing heating and cooling systems including preventive maintenance and repairs.
  • Serviced and performed Preventive maintenance on baler, handicap elevator and freight elevator.
  • Ordered and repaired parts and performed monthly preventive maintenance on production machinery.
  • Performed routine preventive maintenance to ensure that equipment operated efficiently and safe.
  • Experience supervising machinery maintenance and repair; setting up preventive maintenance schedules.
  • Inspected customer vehicles as preventive maintenance and consulted senior technicians regarding problems.
  • Perform minor inspections and preventive maintenance on gas and chemical related equipment.
  • Conduct infrared analysis of facilities electrical equipment for preventive maintenance identification.
  • Implemented preventative maintenance program for all distribution center material handling equipment.

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8. Safety Procedures

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Safety procedures are a set of standardized procedures, that ensures minimal to no risk to people, resources, and the work environment. A company follows the step-by-step safety procedures as it they not only keep the customers and the employees safe, but also help in avoiding legal claims.

Here's how Safety Procedures is used in Technician jobs:
  • Complied with safety procedures including use of required safety equipment and identified unsafe practices or conditioned faults and resolved equipment issues.
  • Spearheaded the development of work instructions and safety procedures along with implementing cost cutting retrofits that improved safety, and efficiency.
  • Followed engineering drawings, schematics, safety procedures, military specifications, standards and technical manuals to accomplish assigned tasks.
  • Performed minor medical treatments of animals as directed by the veterinary staff Perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
  • Maintained a safe work environment and established team safety procedures to comply with government regulations and internal company guidelines.
  • Experienced in working in a chemical plant/refinery environment which includes following and practicing proper safety procedures at all times.
  • Followed company safety procedures during installation and repair to maintain a safe environment for both customers and their property.
  • Perform casual labor, such as lifting/moving heavy items as directed by supervisors and following appropriate safety procedures.
  • Conducted safety inspections and investigated violations to ensure safety procedures were being followed and counseled managers and employees.
  • Performed waste disposal in compliance with prescribed safety procedures and guidelines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • Created documentation of maintenance, operator, and safety procedures for all existing and incoming equipment.
  • Ensured compliance with quality systems and verification that quality and safety procedures were followed.
  • Operated and monitored multiple nuclear particle accelerators and conducted routine maintenance and safety procedures.
  • Developed training module that covered safety procedures and proper handling of hazardous materials.
  • Learn various automotive/ Shop safety procedures when operating with flammable and hazardous materials.
  • Oversee organization of patient equipment and safety procedures in compliance with hospital regulation.
  • Worked in a fast paced environment and ensured efficiently upheld safety procedures.
  • Maintained proper pharmacy and general safety procedures and standards including department cleanliness.
  • Create safe client environment by performing all required security and safety procedures.
  • Provided services to customers including answering inquiries concerning processes and safety procedures.

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What type of skills will young graduates need when they enter the workforce in the coming years?

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Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska Ph.D.

Department Chair, Palm Beach State College

Graduates [of all ages] will continue to need hands-on skills, the ability to work both in the group and individual settings, and, most importantly, be curious and teachable. Soft skills have taken on greater importance over the years, so we provide ongoing events for outreach, scientific communication, interview preparation, etc., to help provide students with ways to improve and grow their soft skills.

We are seeing scientific communications transitioning from in-person to remote settings, and our students are excelling at rising to the challenges. South Florida has a diverse life science career field, and our students continue to be well prepared to enter the job market and succeed in their career paths.
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9. Osha

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Osha stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration that is a large regulatory agency based in the USA. This agency was created in 1971 and its basic aim is to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for working men and women. Osha had the authority of doing surprise visits to inspect and examine the working conditions in workplaces. They have been successful in reducing injury rates and improving worker conditions.

Here's how Osha is used in Technician jobs:
  • Supervised and trained less experienced personnel in operation of laboratory standards, developing calibration procedures and OSHA safety policies.
  • Conducted total overhaul of hazardous materials program and passed all inspections from OSHA inspectors
  • Enforced all safety regulations in accordance with standard operating procedures and OSHA regulations.
  • Conducted and monitored material inspections in accordance with OSHA guidelines and company standards.
  • Operate entertainment according to OSHA regulations.
  • Performed OSHA and Regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Followed instructions according to OSHA standards
  • Practiced maintaining working in a safe environment and complying with all OSHA, FDA, GMP, HACCP regulations and guidelines.
  • Operate company provided vehicles in a safe and responsible manner using AEP, OSHA, ODOT, and state federal laws.
  • Follow all Health Safety & Environmental (HSE) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to all required rules and regulations including company policies, departmental policies and OSHA standards, GMP and SOP regulations.
  • Maintained equipment, facility and personal information in accordance with hospital policy set forth by OSHA, JCAHO and, HIPPA.
  • Perform inspections on crane in accordance with OSHA standards and advise customers of needed repairs and provide quotes for those repairs.
  • Performed quality assurance inspections on all FA's as directed by SOP and complied with all HSE and OSHA guidelines.
  • Perform final project assessment to ensure compliance with AEP, OSHA, and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) standards.
  • Served as Clinic Safety Manager: enforced Safety and Health guidelines using SOP, MSDS, and OSHA regulations.
  • Comply with OSHA as well as company mandated safety programs-machine guarding, Lock-out Tag out, Arc flash etc.
  • Conduct weekly crew meetings to communicate department activities and safety awareness training (along with OSHA mandated training).
  • Escort and assist with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and fire officials to ensure safety standards.
  • Perform Quality Assurance Safety Compliance Testing of high pressure safety valves to ensure operational and OSHA standards are met.

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10. Hvac

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Here's how Hvac is used in Technician jobs:
  • Required obtainment of various licenses, certifications and knowledge pertaining to residential and commercial HVAC applications.
  • Provided HVAC, plumbing and electrical residential and commercial installations and maintenance.
  • Review construction drawings and make recommendations for HVAC specifications.
  • Diagnosed and repaired commercial HVAC, refrigeration and kitchen equipment
  • Performed annual maintenance on residential and commercial HVAC equipment.
  • Conducted troubleshooting on residential and commercial HVAC equipment.
  • Serviced and installed HVAC units in new commercial development
  • Maintained the HVAC units on all the job site trailers and the 2 propane make-up air units for the weld shop.
  • Inspected equipment and systems to identify issues and then proceeded to make necessary repairs as needed on refrigeration and HVAC equipment.
  • Hired on as an In-Home Appliance Technician servicing washers, dryers, ranges, refrigerators, HVAC, and microwaves.
  • Maintained and serviced equipment, grounds, building interior and exterior; including plumbing, electrical, HVAC and carpentry
  • Perform quarterly maintenance of site infrastructure to include UPS, UPS batteries, HVAC units and site DC Plant.
  • Performed additional repairs such as pm services, brakes, HVAC, clutches, and PTO/ transmission work etc.
  • Perform service and repairs in the areas of plumbing, electrical, HVAC, carpentry, painting, etc.
  • Read complex work instructions and prints to build HVAC units that have roughly the footprint of an automobile.
  • Repaired or assembled HVAC equipment which requires a strong technical background and an ability to solve technical problems.
  • Rebuild pumps, motor alignment, adjust and calibrate dampers, actuators and controls for automated HVAC system.
  • Inspect and test HVAC systems to verify compliance with plans and specifications and to detect and locate malfunctions.
  • Participate in training as directed in testing procedures and use of equipment, controls, and HVAC systems.
  • Assisted in a range of technical tasks involving the installation of HVAC units at Kings County Hospital.

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11. Routine Maintenance

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Here's how Routine Maintenance is used in Technician jobs:
  • Performed and inspected routine maintenance on aircraft and aircrew survival equipment, including oxygen systems and parachutes.
  • Performed routine maintenance, calibrated and installed feeders, aerators and other equipment used in aquaculture systems.
  • Performed routine maintenance using hand and power tools making adjustments or replacing missing and/or broken parts/components.
  • Plan and execute all levels of routine maintenance on production equipment in automated SMT manufacturing facility.
  • Monitored and maintained computers and related peripherals and tracked routine maintenance of existing computer equipment.
  • Performed routine equipment maintenance and safety checks to ensure that equipment functioned properly.
  • Performed routine maintenance and accounting for electronic gaming devices located at several locations.
  • Performed daily unsupervised routine maintenance and well site services calls on company equipment.
  • Assisted with monitoring equipment performance such as humidity levels and routine equipment maintenance.
  • Help Customers make informed decision on manufacturer's recommendation for routine maintenance.
  • Perform routine maintenance on customer vehicles according to manufacturer's specifications.
  • Performed routine maintenance on equipment according to established guidelines and schedules.
  • Performed routine maintenance on electric overhead crane and motor/process control circuits.
  • Performed routine maintenance on consumer vehicles as suggested by the manufacturer.
  • Performed routine maintenance and repairs to packaging & industrial machinery.
  • Perform routine maintenance on aquariums for residential and commercial accounts.
  • Completed routine maintenance on military vehicles to prevent future breakdowns.
  • Conducted preventive and routine maintenance on weapons and related equipment.
  • Perform preventive and routine maintenance on pipeline compressor stations.
  • Performed initial setup and routine maintenance on computer equipment.

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12. CPR

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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR is a medical procedure that involves chest compression to help a patient breathe. This artificial ventilation helps in keeping the brain function in place and regulates blood throughout the body. CPR is a lifesaving procedure that is used in emergencies.

Here's how CPR is used in Technician jobs:
  • Expanded professional knowledge base by attending various seminars and training sessions including CPR and Crisis Patient Intervention certification.
  • Performed life-saving interventions including CPR for critically ill patients.
  • Monitored/suctioned ventilator patients; assisted in performing CPR.
  • Set up and maintained IV pumps for boles fluid administration, assist in trauma with various duties as needed, CPR.
  • Supported abstinence and recovery- Documented vitals, incidents, staffing concerns, and med count and sign-offs- In-Services and CPR.
  • Certified CPR Instructor who certifies physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and others members of the clinical staff.
  • Assess patients for airway, shock, consciousness, implementing splinting techniques, CPR, and life saving interventions.
  • Completed CPR instructor training and then taught CPR to employees throughout the hospital who were in need of certification.
  • Assisted with developing, planning and staging of the facility for annual Red Cross CPR & First Aid Training.
  • Stock rooms, assist patients, CPR, register patients, Emergency Medical Technician, splints, and more...
  • Trained to handle violent emotional episodes, medical emergencies, and fully trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Alzheimer's and Dementia Training, Autism Training, BLS CPR and First Aid.
  • Provide technical rescue standby for confined space rescue, rope rescue, and first aid and CPR.
  • Received first aid, CPR and AED machine training, additionally I took a AAA defensive driving course
  • Arranged transfers for patients from ED to Care Facilities, Conducted CPR when Level I trauma arrived.
  • Respond to treat trauma patients per doctor's instructions; do CPR on patients experiencing cardiac arrests.
  • Assisted RN s and Physicians with set up of procedures, including CPR and basic airway maintenance.
  • Perform routine blood draws, EKG's, glucose testing, splinting, and CPR when necessary.
  • Respond to codes, and perform high quality CPR when needed, including use of AED.
  • Assess medical emergencies, provide CPR & First Aide, & coordinate medical services as needed.

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13. RN

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RN means a registered nurse -- a person who has fulfilled the criteria set by the government or a regulatory body to obtain a nursing license. A registered nurse requires graduating from a nursing program and/or completing a bachelor's degree. The rules and regulations set to become a registered nurse vary across the country.

Here's how RN is used in Technician jobs:
  • Work in the emergency room doing EKG's, Blood cultures and assisting the RN with whatever she needs for the patient
  • Provide communication and updates to RN, Physician or other providers related to perceived reactions or changes to patients' condition.
  • Transport or assist RN's to transport admitted patients to their appointed rooms with and without telemetry or other equipment.
  • Worked within RN (RightNow) and SLX (Sage SalesLogix) CRM systems to communicate with licensees worldwide daily.
  • Transport Team providing care to patients from infancy to adult under the supervision of transport RN s and other Paramedics.
  • Assist RN with care of Trauma patients (setting up rapid infuser, Chest Tube set-up, etc.)
  • Provide care and assist the RN and provider in monitoring, observing and reporting patient response to interventions.
  • Work with an RN to perform the best care possible for our admitted Open heart surgery patients.
  • Assist RN(s) with handling medical equipment, supplies, pharmaceuticals, and laboratory specimens.
  • Served as an Outpatient Technician for the Outpatient Department, under direct supervision of an RN.
  • Follow up with RN on duties for assisting patient with great care and supplies as well.
  • Assist RN and Doctors in the administration of emergency medical care to patients within the ER
  • Worked with the RN Staff to get the patient ready for their surgical procedure.
  • Recorded patients behavioral changes in their chart and reported significant changes to staff RN.
  • Expected to give report after shift to RN on unit and also to Tech.
  • Provide care to multiple critically ill patients under the supervision of the RN.
  • Assisted several doctor's and RN's in several gynecological and OB procedures.
  • Participated in patient care, assisting MD's and RN's with procedures.
  • Report any changes or concerns of patients and families to the RN.
  • Assist with personal cares- Check vitals- Report changes of patient status to RN

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14. Hardware

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Hardware is the physical part attached to a computer or other similar devices. Components are the internal parts of hardware which include RAM, hard drives, motherboard, and so on. External hardware devices which include, keyboard, mouse, printer, and so on are known as peripherals. All of these together are called computer hardware.

Here's how Hardware is used in Technician jobs:
  • Created, established and maintained hardware and software inventory information and maintenance, repair and replacement data.
  • Conducted hardware repairs, including hard drive and memory upgrades, and peripheral/ancillary components.
  • Diagnosed hardware issues, replaced components, Windows/Mac maintenance and audited inventory.
  • Connect and ensure computer hardware and network connectivity and functionality.
  • Research open source solutions for new/existing software and hardware compatibility.
  • Assisted customers in making educated computer hardware and software purchases.
  • Activated customer equipment and resolved technical and hardware issues.
  • Diagnosed and repaired hardware and software related computer problems.
  • Calibrated and maintained all training devices and associated hardware.
  • Performed on-site maintenance of computer and networking hardware.
  • Support structured cabling for Local Area Networks/computer hardware.
  • Inventoried and surveyed obsolete computer hardware and peripherals.
  • Deploy hardware and connectivity with associated labeling.
  • Performed computer/server hardware and software support.
  • Determined locations for network hardware.
  • Coordinated, scheduled and conducted tactical weather equipment courses teaching both hardware and software to classes of 8 to 12 students.
  • Started as a student technician for the college with basic roles in setting up appliances and hardware used throughout the school.
  • Diagnose technical issues such as hardware, power supply, memory resources, system board, network and LAN issues.
  • Act as the technical liaison between software and hardware vendors, telecommunications services, and other IT related vendors.
  • Performed hardware configuration changes on workstation and server orders along with images as requested in addition to custom orders.

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15. Company Vehicle

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A company vehicle or a take-home vehicle is a vehicle that a company owns or leases to use for its business operations or to be used by the company for their commute to the local office or to be used for business travel. Usually, the company buys the vehicle, covering all the costs of the vehicle and agreeing to the risks involved.

Here's how Company Vehicle is used in Technician jobs:
  • Practice all safety requirements and company policies while driving company vehicle and while installing equipment at residencies.
  • Drive and operate company vehicles safely in accordance with established policies, courteously and defensively.
  • Maintained and ordered personal inventory on company vehicle and preformed monthly inventory with warehouse management.
  • Traveled with company vehicle to roadside assistance emergency situations, diagnosing and repairing vehicle.
  • Commute to various premises in telecommunications company vehicle for customer appointments.
  • Maintained inventory of company vehicle minor materials including premise equipment.
  • Operated company vehicle, following all safety and procedural guidelines.
  • Assume responsibility of company vehicle for travel to customer locations.
  • Perform job assignments under minimum supervision and operate company vehicles.
  • Maintain sufficient equipment and material inventory on company vehicle.
  • Perform daily maintenance on company vehicle to ensure functionality.
  • Install Cable/Internet * Customer Service * Drive/Maintain Company Vehicle
  • Operated company vehicle to service multiple locations daily.
  • Worked independently in company vehicle with little supervision.
  • Maintain company vehicles and equipment to ensure efficiency.
  • Operate a company vehicle safely and professionally.
  • Transport meals unsupervised in company vehicle.
  • Maintained company vehicles and equipment safety.
  • Maintain company vehicle and inventory.
  • Maintain a service technicians company vehicle

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16. Vital Signs

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Vital signs are a set of values indicating different body systems' performance. They are measurements of the body's most basic functions. The four major vital signs used in medicine to assess a patient are body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure.

Here's how Vital Signs is used in Technician jobs:
  • Enter vital signs into designated computer software to send electronically to nurse care coordinator.
  • Determined donor eligibility by performing vital signs and reviewing patient histories.
  • Measured vital signs during a medical evaluation.
  • Execute basic technical skill such as documenting vital signs, identifying and documenting signs and symptoms of disease/conditions that are common.
  • Provided support to NICU/Well Nursery area performing hearing test on newborns, vital signs and transporting newborn to designated acute setting.
  • Perform nursing duties, such as administering medications, measuring vital signs, collecting specimens, or drawing blood samples.
  • Direct patient contact - taking vital signs, 12 lead EKG procedure and drawing of blood samples for the laboratory.
  • Obtained patients' vital signs, performed and assisted techs with EKG procedures, and maintained instruments in sterile condition.
  • Assisted with labor and delivery, post delivery care, nursery care, vital signs, assisted doctors with sterile procedures
  • Assisted the staff nurse to take vital signs, change bed linens, and ensure patient safety during detoxification process.
  • Acquire vital signs, prep the patient for the doctor, assist the doctor with procedures and treatment of patients.
  • Preformed daily duties of vital signs, patient turns, EKG's, charting, and other requested tasks.
  • Monitor patient's vital signs as well as fluids and report any abnormalities or concerns to the shift supervisor.
  • Gather and analyze patient information, measure and record patient's vital signs, maintain and operate sleep-monitoring equipment.
  • Trained in taking vital signs, OCT training such as nerve and retinal scans, and peripheral vision testing.
  • Recorded vital signs, assisted patients with activities of daily living, newborn care, and documentation in Epic.
  • Obtained and reported vital signs and performed minor dressing changes under the direction of the nurse and physician.
  • Direct patient care including charting of patients vital signs, intake and output, weight and bed making.
  • Obtained vital signs and blood glucose at designated times, provided daily care, and transported patients.
  • Job description: Assist clients with daily living skills, medication pass, vital signs, patient documentation

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What type of skills will young graduates need when they enter the workforce in the coming years?

Christopher Bae Ph.D.

Professor, Department Chair, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Several things really make a resume stand out when hitting the job market. First and foremost, experience in the field and/or laboratory and the ability to show that one is capable of starting a project from scratch and seeing it through to final completion (as evidenced from resulting conference presentations and publications). Undergraduate students should try to gain experience as interns and in field schools. This gives them some experience, and they get a chance to see whether the field is right for them. Graduate students need to develop advanced analytical skills as they work through their qualitative and quantitative datasets. Having a high grade point average can help as well if the hiring firm requests academic transcripts.Show more

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20 Most Common Skill For A Technician

Customer Service13%
Patient Care8.4%
Communication8.2%
Emergency5.9%
Hand Tools5.5%
Diagnosis5%
Preventive Maintenance4%
Safety Procedures3.7%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Technician

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
Customer Service
Customer Service
13%
13%
2
2
Patient Care
Patient Care
8.4%
8.4%
3
3
Communication
Communication
8.2%
8.2%
4
4
Emergency
Emergency
5.9%
5.9%
5
5
Hand Tools
Hand Tools
5.5%
5.5%
6
6
Diagnosis
Diagnosis
5%
5%
7
7
Preventive Maintenance
Preventive Maintenance
4%
4%
8
8
Safety Procedures
Safety Procedures
3.7%
3.7%
9
9
Osha
Osha
2.9%
2.9%
10
10
Hvac
Hvac
2.7%
2.7%
11
11
Routine Maintenance
Routine Maintenance
2.5%
2.5%
12
12
CPR
CPR
2.5%
2.5%
13
13
RN
RN
1.9%
1.9%
14
14
Hardware
Hardware
1.9%
1.9%
15
15
Company Vehicle
Company Vehicle
1.9%
1.9%
16
16
Vital Signs
Vital Signs
1.9%
1.9%
17
17
Windows
Windows
1.8%
1.8%
18
18
Internet
Internet
1.6%
1.6%
19
19
Setup
Setup
1.5%
1.5%
20
20
EKG
EKG
1.3%
1.3%
21
21
IV
IV
1.2%
1.2%
22
22
Test Equipment
Test Equipment
1.2%
1.2%
23
23
Oil Changes
Oil Changes
1.1%
1.1%
24
24
Electrical Systems
Electrical Systems
1%
1%
25
25
R
R
1%
1%
26
26
Heavy Equipment
Heavy Equipment
1%
1%
27
27
Independent Living
Independent Living
1%
1%
28
28
Customer Vehicles
Customer Vehicles
0.9%
0.9%
29
29
Computer System
Computer System
0.9%
0.9%
30
30
Powerpoint
Powerpoint
0.9%
0.9%
31
31
PLC
PLC
0.8%
0.8%
32
32
Trouble Shooting
Trouble Shooting
0.8%
0.8%
33
33
Ac
Ac
0.8%
0.8%
34
34
QC
QC
0.8%
0.8%
35
35
Patient Rooms
Patient Rooms
0.8%
0.8%
36
36
Accurate Records
Accurate Records
0.7%
0.7%
37
37
PPE
PPE
0.7%
0.7%
38
38
Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure
0.7%
0.7%
39
39
Test Results
Test Results
0.6%
0.6%
40
40
FDA
FDA
0.6%
0.6%
41
41
Medical Records
Medical Records
0.6%
0.6%
42
42
Service Calls
Service Calls
0.5%
0.5%
43
43
General Maintenance
General Maintenance
0.5%
0.5%
44
44
RF
RF
0.5%
0.5%
45
45
Medical Equipment
Medical Equipment
0.4%
0.4%
46
46
Fiber Optic
Fiber Optic
0.4%
0.4%
47
47
Apple
Apple
0.4%
0.4%
48
48
IP
IP
0.4%
0.4%
49
49
New Equipment
New Equipment
0.4%
0.4%
50
50
GPS
GPS
0.4%
0.4%

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