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Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
    • Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
    • Shape and straighten damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
    • Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
    • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
    • Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds in order to cast models of jewelry.
    • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
    • Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
    • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
    • Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
    • Grade stones based on their color, perfection, and quality of cut.
    • Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties in order to develop new products or modify existing designs.
    • Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
    • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
    • Write or modify design specifications such as the metal contents and weights of items.
    • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
    • Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
    • Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
    • Create new jewelry designs and modify existing designs, using computers as necessary.
    • Mark, engrave, or emboss designs on metal pieces such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following specifications.
    • Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
    • Anneal precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
    • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
    • Cut designs in molds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewelry products.
    • Design and fabricate molds, models, and machine accessories, and modify hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
    • Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
    • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
    • Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
    • Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
    • Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
    • Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
    • Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
    • Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
    • Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
    • Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
    • Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties in order to develop new products or modify existing designs.
    • Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
    • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
    • Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
    • Rotate molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
    • Determine appraised values of diamonds and other gemstones based on price guides, market fluctuations, and stone grades and rarity.
    • Rout out locations where parts are to be joined to items, using routing machines.

    Skills

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    Knowledge

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46640/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Innovation
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Abrasive stones
    • Air compressors
    • Anodizing machine
    • Anvils
    • Applicator brushes
    • Automatic lathe or chucking machine
    • Awls
    • Ball peen hammer
    • Battery testers
    • Bead accessories
    • Belt sander
    • Bench refractometers or polarimeters
    • Bench scales
    • Bench vises
    • Binocular light compound microscopes
    • Blow torch
    • Burnisher
    • Calipers
    • Crimping pliers
    • Cross and straight pein hammer
    • Curved nose pliers
    • Dapping punches
    • Diagonal cut pliers
    • Dial indicator or dial gauge
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Drop hammer forging machine
    • End cut pliers
    • Engravers
    • Engraving machines
    • Flat nose pliers
    • Fume hoods or cupboards
    • Hammers
    • Hand clamps
    • Hand or push drill
    • Hand reamer
    • Jewel appraising tester
    • Jeweler scissors
    • Jewellers pliers
    • Jewelry mandrels
    • Knurling tool
    • Laboratory hotplates
    • Laser welding machine
    • Light boxes
    • Loupes
    • Magnifiers
    • Mallets
    • Mechanical or ultrasonic metal cleaner
    • Metal cutters
    • Metal testing instruments
    • Mini pliers
    • Paint brushes
    • Polariscopes
    • Power buffers
    • Power drills
    • Power grinders
    • Power routers
    • Power saws
    • Power scissors
    • Precision file
    • Precision screwdriver
    • Pressure or steam cleaners
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Punching pliers
    • Respirators
    • Ring sizers
    • Round nose pliers
    • Rulers
    • Safety glasses
    • Scratch brushes
    • Shears
    • Soldering iron
    • Stamping die
    • Stamping dies or punches
    • Straight edges
    • Thickness measuring devices
    • Tongs
    • Tumblers or polishers
    • Tweezers
    • Utility knives
    • Vacuum pumps
    • Watch or clock repair kits
    • Wire brushes
    • Wire cutters
    • Wire gauge
    • Wire mills

    Technology

    • Accounting software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Internet browser software
    • Inventory management software
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Word processing software

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