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Quality Officer

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A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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Quarry Worker

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Quarry Worker
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€18 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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At a Glance... header image

Quarry workers operate the machinery used in quarries to crush and transport rocks and minerals.


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Quarry workers are responsible for a number of jobs in quarries, where materials like limestone, sandstone, chalk, clay, sand and gravel are excavated. Duties include driving heavy plant machinery such as excavators and draglines or operating machinery for washing and grading. In stone quarries explosives are required for blasting and often machinery is used for crushing.  
 
Some quarry firms are responsible for other activities, like coating stones for road building and maintenance, or producing lime, concrete products or ready-mixed cement. Quarry workers may supply and deliver materials to customers. Quarry workers may also be involved in the transportation of materials to building sites.  
 
Quarries can be very noisy and dusty. Nearly all the work is outdoors.

Quarry workers can progress to become a Quarry Manager.

Quarry Manager

Quarry managers combine supervising staff with office based duties like personnel management, budget control, maintenance, and environmental planning. Managers also liaise with local authorities and community groups over planning permission applications.  
 
Quarry managers are responsible for all the modern vehicles, plant and machinery used at quarries. They may plan and organise maintenance and overhauling programmes. Safety is very important in quarry work. Managers make sure that all their employees are aware of safety regulations and procedures.

They are responsible for examining materials produced to ensure a high quality of production is maintained. They must ensure that health and safety regulations are adhered. They are also responsible that the quarry's production level are maintained to schedule and provide information and statistics on performance to the owner company.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Locate grain line patterns to determine how rocks will split when cut.

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Remove pieces of stone from larger masses, using jackhammers, wedges, and other tools.

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Insert wedges and feathers into holes, and drive wedges with sledgehammers to split stone sections from masses.

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Mark dimensions or outlines on stone prior to cutting, using rules and chalk lines.

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Cut slabs of stone into sheets that will be used for floors or counters.

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Set charges of explosives to split rock.

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Drill holes along outlines, using jackhammers.

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Drill holes into sides of stones broken from masses, insert dogs or attach slings, and direct removal of stones.

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Cut grooves along outlines, using chisels.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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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.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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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.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening: 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.

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

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

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Quarry workers must be physically fit and active. Because quarries are potentially dangerous places in which to work, common sense and reliability are important. You must be able to work as part of a team and to follow instructions.


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