Coppersmiths craft and repair items made of non-ferrous metals such as copper, brass and similar materials. They shape and form the raw materials into objects of practical or artistic purpose using smithing tools. Professional coppersmiths create detailed and highly technical devices using appropriate smithing techniques.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- Realistic / Investigative
- Design drawings
Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.
- Forging processes
The various processes in the metalforming practices of forging, such as swaging, open-die forging, automatic hot forging, cogging, impression-die forging, roll forging, upsetting, press forging, and others.
- Manufacturing of metal structures
The manufacture of metal frameworks or skeletons for construction and parts thereof (towers, masts, trusses, bridges etc.), the manufacture of industrial frameworks in metal (frameworks for blast furnaces, lifting and handling equipment etc.) and the manufacture of prefabricated buildings mainly of metal: site huts, modular exhibition elements etc.
- Manufacturing of metal household articles
The manufacture of flatware such as plates and saucers, hollowware such as pots and kettles, and dinnerware such as bowls and platters. The manufacture of saucepans, frying pans and other non-electrical utensils for use at the table or in the kitchen, small hand-operated kitchen appliances and accessories, and metal scouring pads.
- Chemical technologies in metal manufacture
The chemical procedures and technologies used in basic metal production.
- Cold forging
The metalworking process of forging whilst hot metal is right below its recrystallisation temperature, being cooled and solidified after casting.
- Operate precision measuring equipment
Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.
- Work in metal manufacture teams
Ability to work confidently within a metal manufacturing group with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.
- Smooth burred surfaces
Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.
- Ensure correct metal temperature
Ensure the necessary, usually constant, temperature of processed metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.
- Apply precision metalworking techniques
Comply with precision standards specific to an organisation or product in metalworking, involved in processes such as engraving, precise cutting, welding.
- Manipulate copper
Shape and manipulate copper materials using the appropriate non-ferrous metal processing techniques. Form the copper object into a product of practical or artistic use.
- Manipulate metal
Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.
- Apply preliminary treatment to workpieces
Apply preparatory treatment, through mechanical or chemical processes, to the workpiece preceding the main operation.
- Assess suitability of metal types for specific application
Assess the physical nature and structural composition of various metals and alloys, and analyse how the materials behave in different circumstances.
- Cast metal
Pour liquid metal into the hollow cavity of a mould, which contains the future product's desired shape, place it into a furnace and then cool it and let it solidify.
- Apply smithing techniques
Apply techniques and use technologies in relation to the various smithing processes, including sculpting, forging, upsetting, heat treating, and finishing.
- Cut metal products
Operate cutting and measuring instruments in order to cut/shape pieces of metal into given dimensions.
- Produce customised products
Produce goods designed and created to fit the specific needs or request of a customer.