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Career Details :: Precision Etchers and Engravers, Hand or Machine
Engrave or etch flat or curved metal, wood, rubber, or other materials by hand or machine for printing, identification, or decorative purposes. Includes etchers and engravers of both hard and soft metals or materials, and jewelry and seal engravers.
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.
- Positions and clamps workpiece, plate, or roller in holding fixture.
- Trims precut designs or cuts around design to remove undesirable part, using graver.
- Sharpens and forms cutting edge of gravers or cutter grinder.
- Measures and computes dimensions of lettering, designs, or patterns to be engraved.
- Operates machine to engrave design into steel rollers or plates.
- Determines machine settings and moves bars or levers to reproduce designs on rollers or plates.
- Reviews sketches, diagrams, blueprints, or photographs to determine design to be cut or engraved.
- Scrapes plate or die to remove imperfections and smooth surface.
- Polishes and oils surface of plate or die, or brushes with acid-proof paint.
- Sketches, traces, or scribes layout lines and design on workpiece, plates, dies, or rollers, using compass, scriber, graver, or pencil.
- Sketches original design or pattern for use in printing or engraving.
- Prints proof or examines design to verify accuracy and reworks engraving as required.
- Casts male die from engraved female die for use in seals.
- Transfers design from sleet or film to die or roller by decimal staining.
- Engraves or cuts lettering, design, or characters in workpiece surface, using hand tools and engraving tool.
- Bench Workers, Jewelry
- Embossing Machine Set-Up Operators
- Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
- Molding and Casting Workers
- Precision Mold and Pattern Casters, except Nonferrous Metals
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error