Etchers and Engravers
On the Job
Etchers and Engravers engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. They may work as silk screen etchers.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Operate cutting equipment.
- Operate equipment to print images or bind printed images together.
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
- Fill cracks, imperfections, or holes in products or workpieces.
- Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
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