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Etchers & Engravers

Also called: Chemical Engraver, Engraver, Etcher, Photo Engraver

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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:
  • Inspect etched work for depth of etching, uniformity, and defects, using calibrated microscopes, gauges, fingers, or magnifying lenses.
  • Examine sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints, or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut, or engraved onto workpieces.
  • Clean and polish engraved areas.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Business
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • mechanical

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Hot Technology
  • Delcam ArtCAM Express
  • Gravograph GravoStyle
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows

Education

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

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Engraver
  • Engraver, Block
  • Engraver, Hand, Soft Metals
  • Engraver, Picture
  • Siderographer

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$31,110
$20,820
$51,270

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