CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning. Play instruments to evaluate their sound quality and to locate any defects.
 
Adjust string tensions to tune instruments, using hand tools and electronic tuning devices.
 
Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.
 
Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.
 
Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.
 
Reassemble instruments following repair, using hand tools and power tools and glue, hair, yarn, resin, or clamps, and lubricate instruments as necessary.
 
Compare instrument pitches with tuning tool pitches in order to tune instruments.
 
String instruments, and adjust trusses and bridges of instruments to obtain specified string tensions and heights.
 
Repair or replace musical instrument parts and components, such as strings, bridges, felts, and keys, using hand and power tools.
 
Polish instruments, using rags and polishing compounds, buffing wheels, or burnishing tools.
 
Shape old parts and replacement parts to improve tone or intonation, using hand tools, lathes, or soldering irons.
 
Make wood replacement parts, using woodworking machines and hand tools.
 
Mix and measure glue that will be used for instrument repair.
 
Align pads and keys on reed or wind instruments.
 
Adjust felt hammers on pianos to increase tonal mellowness or brilliance, using sanding paddles, lacquer, or needles.
 
Solder posts and parts to hold them in their proper places.
 
Remove dents and burrs from metal instruments, using mallets and burnishing tools.
 
Wash metal instruments in lacquer-stripping and cyanide solutions in order to remove lacquer and tarnish.
 
Test tubes and pickups in electronic amplifier units, and solder parts and connections as necessary.
 
Refinish instruments to protect and decorate them, using hand tools, buffing tools, and varnish.
 
Deliver pianos to purchasers or to locations where they are to be used.
 
Cut out sections around cracks on percussion instruments to prevent cracks from advancing, using shears or grinding wheels.
 
Refinish and polish piano cabinets or cases to prepare them for sale.
 
Solder or weld frames of mallet instruments and metal drum parts.
 
Remove drumheads by removing tension rods with drum keys and cutting tools.
 
Assemble bars onto percussion instruments.
 
Remove irregularities from tuning pins, strings, and hammers of pianos, using wood blocks or filing tools.
 
Travel to locations such as churches and concert halls to work on pipe-organs.
 
Repair breaks in percussion instruments such as drums and cymbals, using drill presses, power saws, glue, clamps, grinding wheels, or other hand tools.
 
Clean, sand, and paint parts of percussion instruments to maintain their condition.
 
Replace xylophone bars and wheels.
 
Strike wood, fiberglass, or metal bars of instruments, and use tuned blocks, stroboscopes, or electronic tuners to evaluate tones made by instruments.
 
Place rim hoops back onto drum shells to allow new drumheads to dry and become taut.
 
Assemble and install new pipe organs and pianos in buildings.
 
Cut new drumheads from animal skins, using scissors, and soak drumheads in water to make them pliable.
 
Stretch drumheads over rim hoops and tuck them around and under the hoops, using hand tucking tools.
 
Remove material from bars of percussion instruments to obtain specified tones, using bandsaws, sanding machines, machine grinders, or hand files and scrapers.
 
Adjust lips, reeds, or toe holes of organ pipes to regulate airflow and loudness of sound, using hand tools.
 
File metal reeds until their pitches correspond with standard tuning bar pitches.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
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.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
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.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
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.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Accordion Repairer
Accordion Tuner
Band Instrument Repair Technician
Band Instrument Repairer
Band Instrument Repairman
Banjo Repair Person
Banjo Repairer
Bow Rehairer
Brass and Wind Instrument Repairer
Chip Tuner
Fabrication Technician
Fretted Instrument Repairer
Fretted String Instrument Repairer
Guitar Builder
Guitar Repairer
Guitar Technician
Harp Regulator
Keyboard Instrument Repairer
Keyboard Instrument Tuner
Luthier
Mandolin Repair Person
Mandolin Repairer
Metal Reed Tuner
Musical Instrument Mechanic
Organ Fixer
Organ Installer
Organ Pipe Voicer
Organ Tuner
Percussion Instrument Repairer
Percussion Instrument Tuner
Piano Mechanic
Piano Mechanic Apprentice
Piano Regulator
Piano Regulator-Inspector
Piano Technician
Piano Tuner
Piccolo Mechanic
Pipe Organ Installer
Pipe Organ Mechanic
Pipe Organ Mechanic Apprentice
Pipe Organ Technician
Pipe Organ Tuner and Repairer
Player Piano Technician
Reed or Wind Instrument Repairer
Reed or Wind Instrument Tuner
Stringed Instrument Repairer
Stringed Instrument Tuner
Tone Regulator
Violin Mechanic
Violin Repairer
Voicer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
 
 
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