Michael A Petro

Career Analysis



Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential

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The INTEREST section identifies the ideal job content for the individual by identifying the human talents, called Worker Traits, which he or she brings to the job. These talents are listed in their order of motivational priority and are central to the vocational potential of an individual. Typically, what one wants to do is that which he/she is most likely to do and do it often enough (including training for it) to transform the raw interest into real skills, and then, to stay on that job.

Michael is socially independent. This allows, often encourages, activities which do not require, permit, or encourage association or interaction with others during projects, shifts, or extended periods of time. Emphasis is not on what Michael is doing, but that it is willingly or intentionally apart from others. This trait, by itself, does not imply or suggest antisocial or selfish attitudes. It only identifies social independence for vocational or recreational activities. Scientists, engineers, persons engaged in agricultural vocations, and night-shift service workers often rate in this factor.

Michael has natural savvy and curiosity about the nature of things and about "what makes things tick" and possesses a mind which is inquisitive, exploratory, analytical, and experimental. "Technical" orientation is often the interaction of two or more of these traits: Scientific, Natural/Outdoor, Mechanical, and Managerial. It is important to identify the other traits involved to determine whether Michael is more technical, scientific or systems-oriented or if these talents are balanced.

Michael is emotionally and sentimentally attached to the familiar and typically prefers routine, organized, and methodical procedures in all life activities. This indicates a resistance to, and negative feelings toward, sudden or unannounced major changes. This is true even if Michael would accept or even desire such changes provided more time, or exposure to the possibility or need of the change. When attachment to the familiar is strong, it is appropriately called the "homestead" trait. Like Charles Schultz's Charlie Brown says, "Happiness is sleeping on your own pillow." Such routine activities can be mental, administrative, machine-paced, sensory/physical, etc.

Once Michael has begun an activity, a priority (perhaps the highest) is to get it done, reach the goal, get a grade, produce a finished product, get the prize, etc. Self-satisfaction is tied directly to completed achievement. Pride is taken in setting the target, pace, and/or schedule for almost all activities. Michael becomes frustrated, even stressed, when achievement is interrupted, terminated, rescheduled, or given a lower priority, thus delaying or preventing success in reaching the self-set or self-known goal. This is a major motivation or incentive common to self-employed persons, persons selling for commissions, and/or persons engaged in competitive activities.

Michael has the aptitude for physically working with things and objects. But that activity is probably secondary or minor part of a more important activity, such as operating a vehicle as a part of his/her work. It is an asset to be handy with one's physical talents, tools, appliances, etc.

Michael enjoys being in the limelight when recognition is earned, deserved, or given. However, there is no "ego trip" involved in the effort. Michael can comfortably function in the foreground or the background. Nonetheless, recognition is an energizing vocational factor.


In this section, seven people factors cover important activities related to the interaction of a person with other persons. These are very important for individuals motivated and talented for associating and interacting with people. They may also be important traits for certain "people intensive" jobs. (Low ratings in this section may also be quite positive and valuable, if occupations necessitate or require that an individual function apart from others, manage his/her own activities, or be satisfied with work in isolation.)

Michael has motivation and talent for assertively negotiating. This includes strategic thinking, influential communication, analysis, and/or persuasion. Many traits are involved, and their motivational levels determine the amount of involvement and influence of each trait. Strategic thinking is the key element.

Michael is ready, willing, and able to persuasively influence others with the intent or hope to convince them to agree with what is said. Because this trait is moderately motivated, Michael is probably not inclined to make a living by selling on a commission basis. Instead, persuasion is interactive with other traits and finds expression in other ways such as teaching, counseling, etc.

Michael voluntarily communicates to others with the intent or hope that the information will be in their interest and for their benefit. At medium motivation, it is probable that benevolent and literary traits are more strongly motivated than the persuasive trait. The persuasive trait might have low motivation, but the sense of service responsibility will cause willingness, even duty, to communicate.

Michael has talent for planning, assigning, directing, supervising, and monitoring work activities of others. This is direct, steady, on-site contact and interaction with those being supervised. It includes responsibility for morale, attitudes, attendance, training, safety, and getting adequate quality and performance from employees.


Working with things, manipulation of materials and processes, and cognizance of operational and mechanical forces or objects, highlight this Worker Trait Code section. None of the factors in this section are directly related to people nor call for exclusive mental talents. However, these factors do call for the interaction and interplay between mental, sensory, physical, and mechanical skills. If the individual has a natural mechanical savvy, and likes to work with his/her hands, this becomes a highly important and relevant Worker Trait Code section.

Michael is motivated and talented for mechanical engineering, including: (1) natural mechanical awareness of assembly, fabrication, operation, leverage, motion, force, and power, (2) ability to design and/or draw technical plans, (3) technical, statistical, and numerical analysis, and (4) layout and installation capability. This highly motivated, multi-talented engineering orientation probably means professional dedication to a major engineering vocation.

Michael has highly developed skills which interact to cause excellent awareness of technical and mechanical standards as they relate to quality and precision. Concentration and focus are strong. Precision, quality, and standards are natural, highly developed elements of perception, thinking, and logic. This is a very important skill in industries where production, maintenance, and repair require exact precision, high quality, almost zero in allowable defects or error.

Michael has good awareness and ability to run/manage fixed machine operation, and to be responsible for machine performance, condition, output, and quality. This necessitates constant awareness of what is happening with the machine itself, with the processes being done by the machine, with materials going into the machine, quality of materials coming from the machine, and how and when to make adjustments and provide maintenance. A number of functions are involved and require a variety of talents, the most important being machine savvy, alert monitoring of operations, and coping with routine.

Michael is motivated and equipped for tending of operational/clerical activities. This means monitoring ongoing operational processes through observation of recording instruments which show what is currently happening. It usually involves more than just observing and recording what is observed. It often requires setting limits (such as temperature or flow controls), turning flow valves or switches on and off on a scheduled or situational basis. It includes responsibility for quickly noting when something is not happening as it should and then taking immediate, appropriate action including shutting down the process or alerting technical or management personnel. This tending position does not imply or suggest just clerical observation and posting.

Michael has talent for operating heavy, mobile equipment such as trucks, earth-movers, cranes, etc. Sensory/physical skills are involved and important: e.g., coordination, dexterity, timing, spatial awareness: size, shape, distance, dimension, perspective, relationship; depth perception. Because equipment operation is only moderately motivated, Michael identifies more with the talent than with the equipment; i.e., "it's another job." Nonetheless, persons with natural mechanical savvy are always interested in tools, appliances, machines, or equipment. Moderately motivated, this operator trait is probably not occupationally specialized.

Michael has sensory/physical aptitude for feeding materials into machines or offbearing materials from machines efficiently and steadily. Such activity is usually associated with assembly line processing. It is important to review other worker trait factors to determine if and how long Michael would want, tolerate, or cope with being locked in with machine-mandated performance. One must be content with this kind of activity before one can be satisfied by it.

Michael has aptitude for manual labor or basic labor activities which involve easily used craft tools, repetitious activity, recognizable detail, outdoor physical exposure, and minor problem solving. It is most often a helper position that can be handled with minimum skill, training, instruction, or supervision. Please note the word "aptitude" which means ability to do something, with no mention or inference about whether the person wants to do it or gains satisfaction from it. It is, therefore, necessary to see other worker traits to determine if such work is satisfying for Michael on a steady basis.

Michael has mental/sensory/physical talent for handling material processing. This may or may not involve machines or machine operation. It basically means motivation to manage (i.e., functionally manipulate) things at hand from one place to another, from one process to another, from one material state to a new one because of the process. This can be machine work or craft work or even supervising ("bossing") the work of people.


In this section MAPP presents those ten occupational titles with the highest motivation and greatest potential for the individual's success. When people are searching for careers or being considered for jobs, this list of the ten top occupations should be given serious consideration.

Trade Management: plan, oversee craft activities 1
Accounting, Auditing: analyze, compare, report 1
Sort, Inspect, Measure: quality, tolerance, value 2
Industrial Engineering: plan, direct, install, erect 2
Systems Engineering: research, design, develop, apply 2
Computing and Related Recording: numerical problems 2
Industrial Training: systems, processes, machines 2
Setup, All around Machine Work: install, technical 2
Precision Working: rigid standards, tolerances 2
Classify, File: clerical detail, forms, filing 2

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