Mechanical doors provide safety and security. When they break don, it takes the knowledge of a skilled professional to get them back into working order. Mechanical door repairers must first determine the cause of the problem. Is there a broken or defective part? Is something blocking or interfering ...
with the door's motion?
A simple repair may be fixed with hand tools. More complex repairs often require power tools and welding equipment. In addition to mechanical skills, these repairers need to know circuitry as well. Sometimes the trouble requires rewiring the electrical system that controls the door.
This job often involves heavy physical labor with bending and lifting. Standing on ladder and scaffolds demands good balance. Flexibility is needed to maneuver in hard-to-reach places. Vocational schools offer basic mechanical and electrical training. Specific door installation, servicing, and repair skills are often learned on the job from an experienced co-worker.
Problem-solving and mechanical aptitude can "open the door" to many jobs. One to consider is mechanical door repairer.
Install, service, or repair automatic door mechanisms and hydraulic doors. Includes garage door mechanics.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Study blueprints and schematic diagrams to determine appropriate methods of installing or repairing automated door openers.
Operate lifts, winches, or chain falls to move heavy curtain doors.
Collect payment upon job completion.
Remove or disassemble defective automatic mechanical door closers, using hand tools.
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.
Cut door stops or angle irons to fit openings.
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.
Set doors into place or stack hardware sections into openings after rail or track installation.
Apply hardware to door sections, such as drilling holes to install locks.
Carry springs to tops of doors, using ladders or scaffolding, and attach springs to tracks to install spring systems.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems
Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
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.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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.
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
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).
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Gross Body Coordination
The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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