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Career Details :: Bench Workers, Jewelry
Cut, file, form, and solder parts for jewelry.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Manually rotates mold to distribute molten material and prevent formation of air pockets in mold.
- Forms, joins, or assembles metal pieces, articles, or wire, using soldering iron, gas torch, and hand tools.
- Marks and drills holes in jewelry mounting to center stones according to design specifications.
- Sands inside mold pieces, using emery cloth and chalk dust.
- Designs and fabricates molds, models, and machine accessories, and modifies hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
- Weighs completed pieces to determine deviation from specifications and records weight and processing time on production records.
- Positions and aligns stones and metal pieces and sets, mounts and secures item in place, using setting and hand tools.
- Researches and analyzes reference materials and consults with interested parties to develop new or modify existing products.
- Assembles and secures mold sections used to cast metal articles and pieces.
- Plates articles, such as jewelry pieces and clock and watch dials with silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
- Examines assembled or finished product, using magnifying glass or precision measuring instruments, to ensure conformance to specifications.
- Weighs, mixes, and melts metal alloys or material and pours molten material into mold to cast models of jewelry.
- Marks, engraves or embosses designs on metal pieces, such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following samples, sketches, or other specifications.
- Cuts, trims, shapes, and smoothes jewelry stones, pearls, and metal pieces, using abrasives, grinding stone, and power and hand tools.
- Disassembles mold casting from metal or jewelry workpiece and places workpiece in water or on tray to cool.
- Brushes, buffs, cleans, and polishes metal items and jewelry pieces, using jeweler's tools, polishing wheel, and chemical bath.
- Repairs existing jewelry mountings to reposition jewels or adjust mounting.
- Operates machines, such as centrifugal-casting, routing, and lathe, to fabricate casting molds, metal parts, or wax models of products.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Thinking Creatively
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls