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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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Meteorology

    The scientific field of study that examines the atmosphere, atmospheric phenomena, and atmospheric effects on our weather.

  • Climatology

    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

    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.

Skills

  • 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 skills

conduct 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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