Things: Engineering, Operating, Sensory/Physical

4 Manipulate: Physically Manage Material Processes: to control and be responsible for moving, guiding or processing materials by use of sensory/physical abilities, tools, or equipment; involves some latitude of judgment with regard to what to process, how to process it, the end result, and quality of the process. It is a form of "management" because the core meaning of management is to manipulate.

Manipulate: physically manage material processes requiring responsibility for mental/ sensory/physical processing of things, which includes perception, planning, decisions and actions. This usually involves physical materials, often includes tools, and may or may not include operating or controlling machines. Key responsibility is deciding how to process materials for most effective outcomes.

Manipulating is a special trait which can have a variety of important meanings depending on its interaction with many different traits. In the things context of this section, it means motivated ability to manage/ handle material processing which may or may not involve machines. Basically, it is combined mental, sensory and physical function tied to scheduling and processing of that which is "at hand'. A high motivation indicates that this person has that ability. (note: There can be other meanings to this trait. For instance: if all other mechanical or operator factors have low ratings, but management of people has high ratings (where listed in other Worker Trait Code sections), this factor shows that the person is motivated to impersonally manage (manipulate) people as things at hand, as a part of the process, to achieve management objectives.)
Moderate motivation indicates that this person 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.
Low motivation indicates that this person is not interested in processing activities, no matter what is being processed or who is doing the processing.