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


  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Chemical technologies in metal manufacture

    The chemical procedures and technologies used  in basic metal production.

  • Types of metal manufacturing processes

    Metal processes linked to the different types of metal, such as casting processes, heat treatment processes, repair processes and other metal manufacturing processes.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper 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.

  • Non-ferrous metal processing

    Various processing methods on non-ferrous metals and alloys such as copper, zinc and aluminium.

  • 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.

  • 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 small metal parts

    The manufacture of metal cable, plaited bands and similar articles, uninsulated metal cable or insulated cable not capable of being used as a conductor of electricity, coated or cored wire and articles made of wire: barbed wire, wire fencing, grill, netting, cloth etc. Manufacture of coated electrodes for electric arc-welding, nails and pins, chain, and springs (except watch springs): leaf springs, helical springs, torsion bar springs and leaves for springs.

  • Cold forging

    The metalworking process of forging whilst hot metal is right below its recrystallisation temperature, being cooled and solidified after casting.


  • 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.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Manipulate metal

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of metal.

  • 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.

  • Mark processed workpiece

    Inspect and mark parts of the workpiece to indicate how they will fit into the finished product.

  • Ensure correct metal temperature

    Ensure the necessary, usually constant, temperature of processed metal workpieces during metal fabrication processes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Produce customised products

    Produce goods designed and created to fit the specific needs or request of a customer.

  • Apply preliminary treatment to workpieces

    Apply preparatory treatment, through mechanical or chemical processes, to the workpiece preceding the main operation.

  • Cut metal products

    Operate cutting and measuring instruments in order to cut/shape pieces of metal into given dimensions.

  • Apply smithing techniques

    Apply techniques and use technologies in relation to the various smithing processes, including sculpting, forging, upsetting, heat treating, and finishing.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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

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