Profession metal engraver

Metal engravers make incisions of a design onto a metal surface by carving grooves into it, usually for decorative purposes, including metal weaponry. To cut the design into the surface they use tools such as gravers or burins.  

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Artistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Engrave patterns

    Engrave and print designs and patterns onto a variety of surfaces.

  • Position engraving equipment

    Position and clamp work pieces, plates, or rollers in holding fixtures.

  • Clean engraved areas

    Polish and clean engraved etching areas.

  • Determine quality of engraving

    Quality control of engravings and etchings; check for cuts, burns, rough spots and irregular or incomplete engraving.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Operate engraving equipment

    Operate mechanical engraving tools and machines, set controls of cutting tools. Make adjustments if necessary.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Ensure accurate engravings

    Closely observe the actions of the mechanical cutting tools, resulting in a flawless engraving process.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

Optional knowledge and skills

prepare etching chemicals perform damascening precious metal processing manufacturing of door furniture from metal types of engraving needles dispose of cutting waste material manufacturing of daily use goods apply isopropyl alcohol safely non-ferrous metal processing manufacturing of sports equipment types of metal manufacturing processes consult technical resources select engraving templates verify engraving accuracy prepare workpieces for etching manufacturing of cutlery mark processed workpiece ferrous metal processing engraving technologies transpose designs to engravings inspect etched work prepare workpieces for engraving compute engraving dimensions produce customised products

Common job titles

  • General signage fabricator
  • Part-time engraver
  • Computer engraver and set-up
  • Material handler
  • Quality/process engineer
  • Warehouse liaison/engraver assembler