Using documents

Using documents (document use) is the process of interacting with, and interpreting information in visual displays that may include words, numbers, symbols and images to solve a problem or complete a task. This skill is typically associated with using symbols, schedules, lists, drawings, schematics, and tables.

Examples of common documents in the trades includes:

  • Parts lists
  • Work schedules
  • Technical drawings
  • Entry forms
  • Charts and graphs

 Examples of how different trades apply their skills in using documents:

Automotive Service Technicians (NOC 7321) review assembly drawings to determine the position of parts within complex transmissions.
Carpenters (NOC 7271) study a variety of plan, elevation, detail and section drawings.
Electricians (NOC 7241) study complex schematic drawings, e.g. study wiring schematics for details about circuits, capacities, flows and the location of electrical fixtures to install, assemble and repair electrical installations.
Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics (NOC 7312) complete safety inspection checklists for overhead cranes, forklifts and other equipment, hazard analysis forms, and other safety documents.
Industrial Mechanics and Millwrights (NOC 7311) locate data in lists, tables and schedules.
Plumbers (NOC 7251) locate data, such as dimensions, classifications, tolerances, coefficients, identification numbers and quantities, in specification tables​.


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