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

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Heat metals

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

  • Shape metal over anvils

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

  • 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.

  • Mark designs on metal pieces

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

  • Ensure correct metal temperature

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Use metalworking tools

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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