Bowling Ball Engraver

Engrave brand name and serial number on plastic bowling balls.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bowling Ball Engravers do?

Engraves brand name, serial number, and other identification data on plastic bowling balls, using pantograph-routing machine: Inserts cutting bit in router head and secures bit with wrench. Selects and clamps specified pattern under tracing stylus of pantograph-routing machine. Centers bowling ball in jig and clamps ball into position under router head. Starts machine and lowers tracing stylus to beginning point on pattern. Pulls lever, lowering cutting bit onto surface of bowling ball, and guides tracing stylus over pattern, causing router to cut identification data on ball. Examines ball to detect irregular or incomplete engraving and places defective balls aside for rework.


Should I be a Bowling Ball Engraver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Bowling Ball Engraver

    Most Bowling Ball Engravers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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