Profession meteorology technician
Meteorology technicians collect large amounts of meteorological information for weather information users such as aviation companies or meteorological institutions. They operate specialised measuring instruments to make accurate weather predictions and report their observations. Meteorology technicians assist meteorologists in their scientific operations.
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- Investigative / Realistic
- Realistic / Investigative
The scientific field of study that examines the atmosphere, atmospheric phenomena, and atmospheric effects on our weather.
The scientific field of study that deals with researching average weather conditions over a specified period of time and how they affected nature on Earth.
- Precision measuring instruments
Instruments used for precision measuring or manufacture, such as micrometers, calipers, gauges, scales, and microscopes.
Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.
- Calibrate optical instruments
Correct and adjust the reliability of optical instruments, such as photometers, polarimeters, and spectrometers, by measuring output and comparing results with the data of a reference device or a set of standardised results. This is done in regular intervals which are set by the manufacturer.
- Carry out meteorological research
Participate in research activities on weather-related conditions and phenomena; study the physical and chemical characteristics and processes of the atmosphere; present research results in scientific journals.
- Use a computer
Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.
- Assist scientific research
Assist engineers or scientists with conducting experiments, performing analysis, developing new products or processes, constructing theory, and quality control.
- Operate meteorological instruments
Operate equipment for measuring weather conditions, such as thermometers, anemometers, and rain gauges.
- Use meteorological tools to forecast meteorological conditions
Use meteorological data and tools such as weather facsimile machines, weather charts and computer terminals, to anticipate weather conditions.
- Write technical reports
Compose technical customer reports understandable for people without technical background.
- Collect weather-related data
Gather data from satellites, radars, remote sensors, and weather stations in order to obtain information about weather conditions and phenomena.
- Perform scientific research
Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.
- Apply statistical analysis techniques
Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.
- Use specialised computer models for weather forecasting
Make short-term and long-term weather forecasts applying physical and mathematical formulae; understand specialised computer modelling applications.
- Operate remote sensing equipment
Set up and operate remote sensing equipment such as radars, telescopes, and aerial cameras in order to obtain information about Earth's surface and atmosphere.
- Meet deadlines
Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.
- Use geographic information systems
Work with computer data systems such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Execute analytical mathematical calculations
Apply mathematical methods and make use of calculation technologies in order to perform analyses and devise solutions to specific problems.
- Review meteorological forecast data
Revise estimated meteorological parameters; solve gaps between real-time conditions and estimated conditions.
- Use communication devices
Operate communication devices in order to interact with customers, colleagues, and others.
- Apply scientific methods
Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.
- Operate precision measuring equipment
Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.
Optional knowledge and skillsconduct research on climate processes scientific research methodology statistics create weather maps advise on weather-related issues maintain equipment analyse weather forecast study aerial photos write weather briefing write scientific papers analyse scientific data manage meteorological database design scientific equipment
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