Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners


Also called : Banjo Repair Person, Brass Instrument Repair Technician, Fretted String Instrument Repairer, Guitar Repairer, Instrument Repair Technician, Luthier, Mandolin Repair Person, Piano Technician, Piano Tu

What they do


Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.

On the job, one would


  • Solder or weld frames of mallet instruments and metal drum parts.

  • Repair breaks in percussion instruments, such as drums and cymbals, using drill presses, power saws, glue, clamps, grinding wheels, or other hand tools.

  • Cut new drumheads from animal skins, using scissors, and soak drumheads in water to make them pliable.

  • Assemble bars onto percussion instruments.

  • Stretch drumheads over rim hoops and tuck them around and under the hoops, using hand tucking tools.

KNOWLEDGE


  • 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.

  • Fine Arts
    Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  • Mechanical
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

SKILLS


  • Repairing
    Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

  • Troubleshooting
    Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

  • Quality Control Analysis
    Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

  • Critical Thinking
    Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

  • Judgment and Decision Making
    Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

ABILITIES


  • Hearing Sensitivity
    The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
    The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

  • Finger Dexterity
    The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

  • Manual Dexterity
    The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • Auditory Attention
    The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Persistence
    Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Achievement/Effort
    Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

  • Initiative
    Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

  • Analytical Thinking
    Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

TECHNOLOGY

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Medium Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

    • Experience

      Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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