Profession coppersmith

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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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

admit basic metals to furnace metal joining technologies hot forging select artistic materials to create artworks manage artistic project acting and directing techniques load materials into furnace maintain furnace temperature heat metals extract materials from furnace manage artistic career join metals operate furnace define artistic approach concretise artistic concept work independently as an artist