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Etchers & Engravers

Also called: Acid Etch Operator, Engraver, Etcher, Laser Engraver

What they do:
Engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.
On the job, you would:
  • Adjust depths and sizes of cuts by adjusting heights of worktables, or by adjusting machine-arm gauges.
  • 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.
  • Position and clamp workpieces, plates, or rollers in holding fixtures.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


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
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Delcam ArtCAM Express
  • Gravograph GravoStyle
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Computer aided design CAD and computer aided manufacturing CAM system
  • Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing CAD/CAM engraving software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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