Job Profile:      Acid Tester

Assist scientists or engineers in the use of electronic, sonic, or nuclear measuring instruments in laboratory, exploration, and production activities to obtain data indicating resources such as metallic ore, minerals, gas, coal, or petroleum. Analyze mud and drill cuttings. Chart pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of wells or bore holes.

Job Information
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Select Tasks
Collect or prepare solid or fluid samples for analysis. Compile, log, or record testing or operational data for review and further analysis. Prepare notes, sketches, geological maps, or cross-sections.
Participate in geological, geophysical, geochemical, hydrographic, or oceanographic surveys, prospecting field trips, exploratory drilling, well logging, or underground mine survey programs. Prepare or review professional, technical, or other reports regarding sampling, testing, or recommendations of data analysis. Adjust or repair testing, electrical, or mechanical equipment or devices.
Read and study reports in order to compile information and data for geological and geophysical prospecting. Interview individuals, and research public databases in order to obtain information. Plot information from aerial photographs, well logs, section descriptions, or other databases.
Assemble, maintain, or distribute information for library or record systems. Operate or adjust equipment or apparatus used to obtain geological data. Plan and direct activities of workers who operate equipment to collect data.
Set up or direct set-up of instruments used to collect geological data. Record readings in order to compile data used in prospecting for oil or gas. Create photographic recordings of information, using equipment.
Measure geological characteristics used in prospecting for oil or gas, using measuring instruments. Participate in the evaluation of possible mining locations. Assess the environmental impacts of development projects on subsurface materials.
Evaluate and interpret core samples and cuttings, and other geological data used in prospecting for oil or gas. Supervise well exploration, drilling activities, or well completions. Inspect engines for wear or defective parts, using equipment or measuring devices.
Develop and design packing materials and handling procedures for shipping of objects. Collaborate with hydrogeologists to evaluate groundwater or well circulation. Apply new technologies, such as improved seismic imaging techniques, to locate untapped oil or natural gas deposits.
Collect data on underground areas, such as reservoirs, that could be used in carbon sequestration operations. Collect geological data from potential geothermal energy plant sites. Compile data used to address environmental issues, such as the suitability of potential landfill sites.
Conduct geophysical surveys of potential sites for wind farms or solar installations to determine their suitability. Evaluate and interpret seismic data with the aid of computers.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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). 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. 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.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 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).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
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. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. 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.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Abney levels Automatic burets Binocular polarizing microscopes
Calorimeters Carbon hydrogen nitrogen CHN analyzers Chipmunk crushers
Clinometers Conductivity indicators Cryogenic magnetometers
Desktop computers Digital cameras Digital chlorine testers
Digital hydrometers Digital micropipettes Digital pH meters
Digital seismographs Directional compasses Dissolved organic carbon analyzers
Dissolved oxygen meters Dissolved salt meters Earth drills
Electronic digital levels Electronic digital theodolites Electronic distance meters
Electronic laboratory balances Erlenmeyer flasks Fluorescence microscopes
Fluorescence spectrophotometers Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers Gas chromatography equipment
General purpose burets Geological hammers Glass beakers
Glass dropping pipettes Glass funnels Glass graduated cylinders
Glass laboratory crucibles Global positioning system GPS receivers Gravitational field indicators
Ground penetrating radar GPR systems Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps Hand augers
Hand lenses Hand levels Heated magnetic stirrers
High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment Hydraulic vibracorers Inductively coupled plasma ICP optical emission spectrometers
Jaw crushers Laboratory drying ovens Laboratory pulverizers
Laboratory sieves Laboratory vacuum pumps Laptop computers
Laser rangefinders Magnetometers Mass spectrometers
Microwave digestion systems Optical particle detectors Personal computers
Phase contrast microscopes Piezometers Planimeters
Pocket transits Portable dataloggers Power rock coring drills
Proton magnetometers Rock picks Rock saws
Rotary pulverizers Sample microsplitters Scanning electron microscopes SEM
Scientific calculators Shatterboxes Sieve shakers
Single crystal x ray diffractometers Soil augers Soil core samplers
Spectrophotometers Spinner magnetometers Stadia rods
Surveillance binoculars Survey altimeters Terrain conductivity meters
Top-loading electronic balances Total stations Total sulfur analyzers
Turbidimeters Ultraviolet-Visible UV/VIS spectrophotometers Volumetric flasks
Water distillation units Water sampling bailers X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers

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