Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians:

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in laboratory, exploration, and production activities to obtain data indicating resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $50,580.00
Average Time to Fill 0 days
Typical Education Post-secondary certificate or some college courses
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 152
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) 10.67 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Technology and Tool Usage
Following Directions
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Math Application
Resource Management
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Getting Information

Interpret information from diagrams, blueprints, schematics, or technical drawings
Review engineering data or reports
Collect statistical data
Review maps to determine location or routes
Collect geographical or geological field data
Conduct geological research
Read operating, service, or repair manuals
Survey land or properties
Research engineering designs or applications
Review construction blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing codes and specifications
Research impact of environmental conservation initiatives
Conduct geological surveys
Review construction, extraction, or mining related work orders
Review engineering codes and specifications
Gather physical or topographical survey data
Collect archival or historical material
Collect engineering data
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Determine effects of pollution
Conduct climatological research
Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities
Research hydrologic features or processes
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Research geographical information using library or internet
Review industrial, production, or manufacturing work orders
Review installation, maintenance, or repair codes and specifications
Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information
Read work orders to determine material or setup requirements
Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements
Conduct atmospheric research
Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities
Research energy production, use, or conservation
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research-based information
Conduct historical research
Assess locations for potential green technology installations
Determine factors affecting production processes
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Conduct biological research
Conduct engineering field research

Analyzing Data or Information

Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze geological samples
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Locate natural resources using geospatial or other environmental data
Analyze geological data
Analyze ecosystem data
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Perform environmental research
Analyze environmental data
Interpret aerial photographs
Perform engineering research
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Analyze engineering design problems
Analyze engineering data
Interpret research data
Perform environmental assessment
Analyze spatial data
Analyze physical or environmental survey data
Perform Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) related research
Conduct ecological research in natural or industrial environments
Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems
Determine geographic coordinates
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Provide scientific or technical research assistance
Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans
Evaluate product design
Interpret design or operational test results
Appraise environmental impact of regulations or policies
Evaluate impact of regulations or laws
Monitor chemical action of substances
Analyze the chemical structures, properties, and reactions of organic or carbon compounds
Analyze chemical or biological data
Analyze effectiveness of safety systems or procedures
Analyze business or organizational practices or procedures
Determine energy consumption of systems, structures, appliances, or devices
Examine biological specimens
Analyze operational or management reports to inform business decisions
Interpret laws or legislation

Handling and Moving Objects

Collect samples for analysis or testing
Collect geological samples
Collect environmental data or samples
Set-up environmental field monitoring or testing equipment
Prepare geological sample for laboratory testing or analysis
Adjust mechanical equipment
Adjust measuring or control devices
Collect samples of raw materials or finished products
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Drill holes in earth or rock for activities such as blasting
Don/Doff construction, extraction, or mining related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Connect sections of drill pipe
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Connect electrical components or equipment
Perform basic plumbing
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Cut construction material
Prepare environmental sample for laboratory testing or analysis
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Adjust electrical or electronic equipment
Prepare explosives for detonation
Perform basic carpentry
Mix substances and compounds for drilling or extraction
Install drilling equipment
Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
Install environmental sensors
Dismantle/Reassemble rigging
Apply grouting or mortar

Thinking Creatively

Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
Maintain quality assurance procedures
Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Develop informational maps or charts
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Establish employee performance standards
Develop sustainable environmental protection practices or methods
Develop plans to manage natural resources
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Coordinate development of refining processes
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Design construction projects
Develop complex computer databases
Develop basic data repositories or databases
Design mining or petroleum extraction system equipment
Develop mathematical concepts, models, or simulations
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws in physics
Write business project or bid proposals
Design mechanical or production related tools, fixtures, or devices
Create construction or installation diagrams
Develop renewable resource management plans
Design electro-mechanical equipment or systems
Develop new products based on scientific research
Improve engineering related test devices or techniques
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws in environmental science
Develop technical or scientific databases
Write public sector or institutional research and grant proposals
Design brick, block, paver, stone, or tile installation plans
Identify sustainable business practices
Design engineering related electronic or computer equipment, systems, or instrumentation
Design control systems
Design waste recovery methods
Design environmental control systems
Design industrial or manufacturing machinery or equipment
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct natural resources extraction or mining projects
Direct geological surveys
Direct construction activities
Direct construction or extraction personnel
Direct construction of mine shafts or tunnels
Supervise technical personnel
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Lead engineering teams
Supervise construction related personnel or contractors
Oversee testing or construction of prototype
Coordinate operational activities
Generate work orders
Manage site preservation plan
Manage building maintenance projects
Coordinate production maintenance activities
Manage quality control activities
Supervise scientific or research-based personnel
Direct engineering research or investigative studies
Direct scientific research or investigative studies
Manage scientific activities and operations associated with atmospheric, environmental, or geological conditions
Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Supervise engineering personnel
Establish priorities for employees
Manage use and upkeep of laboratory environment or facility
Supervise industrial, production, or manufacturing personnel
Manage organizational or program policies
Manage individual and organizational contracts
Direct fossil fuel energy production or management activities
Coordinate cross-disciplinary research programs
Manage project teams
Supervise maintenance workers
Direct natural resources management or conservation programs
Assign work to staff or employees
Direct renewable energy production operations
Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities
Direct installation activities
Take responsibility for safety of group
Direct environmental sustainability or development activities
Delegate authority for engineering activities
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test materials to verify safety standards
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory or hazard compliance concerns
Compute product or materials test results
Perform quality assurance testing
Perform production or manufacturing related safety inspection
Inspect core samples to determine nature of strata
Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation
Perform engineering related safety inspection
Inspect sewer, drain, or water main pipe joints to detect leaks or verify alignment or fit
Inspect property for condition, damage, or deterioration
Perform construction related safety inspection
Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet engineering specifications or standards
Perform oil and gas related safety inspection
Test engineering project equipment
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Test ambient levels of air quality, noise, or temperature
Test historical authenticity of various materials
Perform mining related safety inspection
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Inspect production equipment
Inspect waste disposal or treatment facilities for regulatory compliance
Test manufactured products
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Test mechanical products or equipment
Test radiation levels of surrounding area

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor operation of drilling equipment
Determine air, water, steam, or fluid pressure using gauges
Monitor repairs or maintenance to enforce standards
Monitor construction operations
Measure environmental characteristics
Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations
Monitor engineering equipment operation to detect problems
Ensure conformance to building regulations
Monitor transportation operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Monitor drilling, mining, or other extraction operations
Monitor production operations to ensure compliance with regulations or standards
Assist personnel with chemical handling
Detect installation, maintenance, or repair concerns by listening for abnormalities
Maintain safe work environment
Assess compliance with environmental laws
Monitor performance of others
Monitor operation of mail preparation or handling machines
Monitor production or manufacturing equipment operation to detect problems
Maintain physical security of sensitive or classified data
Monitor timing or metering devices to regulate environmental conditions
Manage security for visitors or employees
Detect industrial, production, or manufacturing equipment malfunctions by listening for abnormalities
Monitor conditions of production operations
Monitor assembly quality
Inspect production environment operations and processes
Maintain consistent production quality
Monitor contract performance
Monitor project scope guidelines
Ensure compliance with polices or regulations
Analyze environmental regulations to ensure organizational compliance
Inspect condition of natural environments
Observe weather conditions

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Follow safety procedures and regulations in scientific or laboratory environments involving physics or physical science
Detonate blasting charges for construction or extraction work
Implement company or staff policies
Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectural or engineering environments
Charge blasting holes with explosives
Implement employee bargaining agreements
Implement pollution control techniques
Implement air quality control measures
Determine project implementation methods and procedures
Engineer underwater systems, machinery, or equipment
Perform chemical processing emergency procedures
Determine mud mixture for drilling purposes
Operate detonation equipment
Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
Solve engineering problems
Employ statistical process control procedures
Resolve operational performance problems
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards
Implement design or process improvements
Follow safety procedures and regulations in industrial, production, or manufacturing environments
Execute employee bargaining agreements
Modify production work procedures, processes, or plans
Modify engineering work procedures, processes, or plans
Solve machining tool problems
Discuss resolution of production problems or equipment malfunctions with relevant personnel
Solve production problems
Terminate personnel or staff employment
Terminate contractor employment
Establish project teams
Authorize construction activities

Documenting/Recording Information

Record geological data
Record test or inspection results, procedures, or data
Record drilling or extraction progress data
Maintain operational records, files, or reports
Maintain scientific or technical records
Record research or operational data
Record operational or environmental data
Maintain personnel records
Maintain file of job openings
Maintain job descriptions
Record production data
Prepare research-based technical reports or presentations
Integrate field notes into technical drawings
Maintain engineering records
Document design or operational test results
Maintain Health, Safety, or Environmental (HSE) records
Maintain record of expenses
Document technical design details

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Determine physical or chemical properties of materials
Measure physical properties of materials or objects
Explore areas for oil or gas
Determine locations, angles, and depths of blast holes or other related drill sites
Perform engineering related measurements
Measure tile or masonry materials
Measure layout for construction projects
Verify levelness or alignment of construction structures
Measure work site or construction dimensions
Bid work projects
Estimate project costs
Estimate project labor requirements
Estimate project or production material requirements
Determine work priorities and requirements
Perform extraction or mining related measurements
Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly
Read utilities metering devices
Calculate grades and elevations
Determine project parameters or specifications
Determine geometric properties of objects from photographic images
Weigh industrial, production, or manufacturing related products or materials
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects
Determine amount or kind of explosive needed to complete job
Estimate operational costs
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Measure level or depth of water or other liquids

Controlling Machines and Processes

Extract core samples from well hole
Operate precision test equipment
Operate industrial testing equipment
Operate power or hand tools
Control HVAC equipment
Operate ore refining or foundry equipment
Operate drilling equipment
Operate laboratory equipment
Operate mining equipment or machinery
Operate pumps or compressors
Control operation of compressors
Operate industrial production equipment
Prepare plant for startup and/or shutdown
Operate heavy construction equipment
Grade earth for roads or other construction
Operate gas or petroleum distribution equipment
Operate spray application production equipment
Move earth or debris for roads, construction, or related projects
Operate Geographic Positioning System (GPS) equipment
Document events or evidence using photographic or audiovisual equipment

Performing General Physical Activities

Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Erect supports and hangers for equipment and piping
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Install prefabricated building components
Install wooden structural components such as sub flooring, rough framing, or partitions
Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Install siding or sheeting materials
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Lay masonry material such as brick, block, paver, stone, or tile
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Remodel residential or commercial structures
Perform concrete fabrication
Identify production related safety procedures
Install monitor and extraction wells
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Remove tools, equipment, casings, or pipe from wells
Move materials, equipment, or supplies

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