Profession ornamental metal worker

Ornamental metal workers use finishing equipment and machinery to shape and finish fabricated ornamental metal workpieces, often used for the installation process in construction, such as railings, staircases, open steel flooring, fences and gates, and others.

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Personality Type


  • 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.

  • Torch temperature for metal processes

    Ideal temperature of tools and machinery equiped with torches to perform various metal processing on workpieces.

  • Design drawings

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


  • Ensure equipment availability

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

  • Use metalworking tools

    Use the appropriate metalworking tools to manipulate metal objects or surfaces. Use adequate instruments to grind, smoothen or sharpen metals.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cut ornamental design

    Cut decorative designs from a work piece of various materials, such as metal or wood, using hand tools or semi-automatic equipment.

  • Mark a metal workpiece using punch

    Handle and operate a punch and hammer to mark a metal work piece, for example for the purpose of carving a serial number, or for drilling to mark the exact place where a the hole should be places in order to keep the drill steady.

  • Heat metals

    Heat steel and metals in fire; adjust and regulate heat controls to reach appropriate pouring temperature.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

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

  • Mark designs on metal pieces

    Mark or engrave designs on metal pieces or pieces of jewellery, closely following design specifications.

  • Shape ornamental design

    Form and shape decorative designs from a work piece of various materials, such as metal or wood, using hand tools or semi-automatic equipment.

  • Recognise signs of corrosion

    Recognise the symptoms of metal showing oxidation reactions with the environment resulting in rusting, copper pitting, stress cracking, and others, and estimate the rate of corrosion.

  • 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.

  • Shape metal over anvils

    Forge pieces of metal over an anvil using the appropriate hand tools and heating equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

troubleshoot apply brazing techniques apply arc welding techniques apply smithing techniques provide customer follow-up services metal forming technologies work with blacksmithing hand tools select filler metal smooth burred surfaces metal coating technologies manufacturing of cutlery operate engraving equipment types of metal manufacturing processes operate soldering equipment work with blacksmithing power tools manufacturing of weapons and ammunition operate brazing equipment manufacturing of door furniture from metal cold forging mark processed workpiece ferrous metal processing engrave patterns engraving technologies operate welding equipment cutting technologies perform machine maintenance precious metal processing read standard blueprints manufacturing of metal household articles non-ferrous metal processing set up the controller of a machine operate rust proofing spray gun hot forging manufacturing of doors from metal quality standards perform test run

Source: Sisyphus ODB