Thursday, October 12, 2006

Blog Assignment #1

Hi everyone!

Great to meet you all last night. Here's your first blog-borne assignment:


CRAFTING FOR AN AUDIENCE-IN BRIEF

Read the long, overly-detailed job description that i've pasted here after these instructions. For our next meeting, re-write that description, in three ways:

- As if you’re speaking to an 8-year old child
- As if you’re talking to a female, college-aged student who is investigating career choices.
- As if you’re describing it to a very broad audience (working males, aged 18-35.)

AND Make each one 150 words maximum in length.


Type out your three 150-word write-ups and bring them to class next week. We’ll discuss. But also, I want you to take some time to think about (and record) your thought-process.

Write down, in addition, two distinct things, for each one, that you considered while crafting your answers. Be prepared to talk about why you made the choices you did.

(For example: I felt that leading off with a question was a good way to get college students with limited attention spans engaged.)

Thanks! And send questions to me in the comments.




YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION:

WELDER: Welders use acetylene and electrical equipment in the fabricating, heating, welding, cutting, and brazing of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in accordance with standard trade practices. Generally, welding assignments are accompanied by blueprints, sketches, and oral instructions indicating the type of material to be used. Work includes performing mechanical repairs on heavy duty equipment. Work methods or techniques are left to the discretion of the employee, subject to inspection as to the volume of production and quality of workmanship.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

* Welds shafts, cams, spindles, hubs, and bushings on automobiles, trucks,
trailers,well pumps, booster pumps, etc.
* Welds a variety of park, playground, and sports equipment and facilities;
* Performs mechanical repairs on heavy duty automotive equipment;
* Performs welding tasks in well fields and water and wastewater treatment plant
to ensure water tight integrity;
* Repairs airport hanger doors and performs welding operations on airport
automotive equipment;
* Creates and updates written of work accomplished
* Performs miscellaneous welding work required during the construction and repair
of City buildings;
* Welds storm grates and manholes;
* Straightens and rebuilds heavy duty equipment;
* Performs aluminum welding;
* Welds various traffic signal poles and utility poles;
* Welds fire trucks, water tanks, stainless steel, and brass fittings;
* Fabricates various objects from oral instructions;
* Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround
times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide
quality seamless customer service.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

* The standard tools, materials, motions, and practices of the welding trade.
* Ferrous and non-ferrous metals in relating to welding and brazing.
* Occupational hazards and effective safety precautions of the trade.
* Arc air procedures and equipment.

Skill in:

* The use of acetylene and electronic welding equipment (i.e., MIG, TIG, and
standard) and other standard tools and equipment related to the trade.

Ability to:

* Read and interpret blueprints and working drawings.
* Plan welding work and make estimates of materials required.
* Make precise arm-hand positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand
position.
* Make fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of a
control mechanism.
* Make skillful, controlled manipulations of small objects.
* Lift arms above shoulder level.
* Work in small, cramped areas.
* Work at heights or depths greater than ten feet.
* Climb ladders or stairs to reach objects.
* Clean equipment using appropriate materials.
* Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) long distances (more than 20 feet).
* Remain in a standing position for extended periods of time.
* Learn job-related material primarily through oral instruction and observation.
This learning takes place mainly in an on-the-job training setting.
* Utilize independent judgment in the performance of duties.
* Work nights.
* Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.
* Measure distance using a tape measure or other measuring device.
* Observe or monitor objects to determine compliance with prescribed operating
or safety standards.
* Visually inspect welds to determine compliance with standards.
* Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.

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