Mathematical Technicians

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

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Job Description

Your job is to Apply standardized mathematical formulas, principles, and methodology to technological problems in engineering and physical sciences in relation to specific industrial and research objectives, processes, equipment, and products.

Common job titles of Mathematical Technicians include:
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Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

Tasks

    Apply standardized mathematical formulas, principles, and methodology to the solution of technological problems involving engineering or physical science.

    Process data for analysis, using computers.

    Reduce raw data to meaningful terms, using the most practical and accurate combination and sequence of computational methods.

    Translate data into numbers, equations, flow charts, graphs, or other forms.

    Confer with scientific or engineering personnel to plan projects.

    Modify standard formulas so that they conform to project needs and data processing methods.

Tools

Personal computers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers

Computer data input scanners

Technologies

C++

IBM SPSS Statistics

Minitab

R

The MathWorks MATLAB

Calculator software

Data mining software

All Technologies

Derive

Design Science MathType

JKGRAPH

Maplesoft Maple

TeXShop

Winplot

Winstats

Wolfram Research Mathematica

Skills

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Critical Thinking

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Monitoring

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

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Programming

Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

Choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Mathematical Reasoning

Add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Cognitive Abilities › Quantitative Abilities › Number Facility

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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