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Etchers and Engravers

Engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inspect etched work for depth of etching, uniformity, and defects, using calibrated microscopes, gauges, fingers, or magnifying lenses.
    • Prepare workpieces for etching or engraving by cutting, sanding, cleaning, polishing, or treating them with wax, acid resist, lime, etching powder, or light-sensitive enamel.
    • Engrave and print patterns, designs, etchings, trademarks, or lettering onto flat or curved surfaces of a wide variety of metal, glass, plastic, or paper items, using hand tools or hand-held power tools.
    • Prepare etching chemicals according to formulas, diluting acid with water to obtain solutions of specified concentration.
    • Use computer software to design patterns for engraving.
    • Examine sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints, or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut, or engraved onto workpieces.
    • Expose workpieces to acid to develop etch patterns such as designs, lettering, or figures.
    • Adjust depths and sizes of cuts by adjusting heights of worktables, or by adjusting machine-arm gauges.
    • Cut outlines of impressions with gravers, and remove excess material with knives.
    • Measure and compute dimensions of lettering, designs, or patterns to be engraved.
    • Neutralize workpieces to remove acid, wax, or enamel, using water, solvents, brushes, or specialized machines.
    • Examine engraving for quality of cut, burrs, rough spots, and irregular or incomplete engraving.
    • Transfer image to workpiece, using contact printer, pantograph stylus, silkscreen printing device, or stamp pad.
    • Set reduction scales to attain specified sizes of reproduction on workpieces, and set pantograph controls for required heights, depths, and widths of cuts.
    • Print proofs or examine designs to verify accuracy of engraving, and rework engraving as required.
    • Position and clamp workpieces, plates, or rollers in holding fixtures.
    • Remove wax or tape from etched glassware by using a stylus or knife, or by immersing ware in hot water.
    • Guide stylus over template, causing cutting tool to duplicate design or letters on workpiece.
    • Start machines and lower cutting tools to beginning points on patterns.
    • Determine machine settings, and move bars or levers to reproduce designs on rollers or plates.
    • Remove completed workpieces and place them in trays.
    • Clean and polish engraved areas.
    • Insert cutting tools or bits into machines and secure them with wrenches.
    • Sandblast exposed areas of glass to cut designs in surfaces, using spray guns.
    • Sketch, trace, or scribe layout lines and designs on workpieces, plates, dies, or rollers, using compasses, scribers, gravers, or pencils.
    • Fill etched characters with opaque paste to improve readability.
    • Brush or wipe acid over engraving to darken or highlight inscriptions.
    • Select and insert required templates into pattern frames beneath the stylus of a machine cutting tool or router.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

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

    • 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.

    • Design

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

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 29830/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 770
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100

    Typical Education

    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
    • Independence
    • Dependability
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Persistence
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Metal engraving machine
    • Bench grinder
    • Arbors
    • Applicator brushes
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Operating system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD and computer aided manufacturing CAM system

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