Hand Soft Metals Engraver

Engrave letterings and ornamental designs on soft metal articles.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hand Soft Metals Engravers do?

Engraves lettering and ornamental designs on soft metal articles, such as silverware, trophies, aluminum or plastic eyeglass frames, and jewelry articles, according to sketches, diagrams, photographs, or sample workpieces, using engraver’s handtools: Lays out design or lettering to be engraved on object by brushing chalklike powder or solution on item and sketching design in powder, locating reference points, and marking outline of design on item, using scribers or gravers, or by imprinting design on surface of item, using inked rubber stamp, and marking outline, using scribers. Mounts piece in chuck and affixes chuck in jeweler’s ball or mounts piece directly in jeweler’s ball. Cuts design in workpiece, using chisel-like engraving tools. May sketch original designs. May be designated according to kind of product engraved as Engraver, Flatware; Engraver, Jewelry; Engraver, Optical Frames; or according to specialty as Engraver, Lettering; Engraver, Ornamental Design.

Should I be a Hand Soft Metals 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Engraver, Hand, Soft Metals, Soft Metals Hand Engraver

    How to Become a
    Hand Soft Metals Engraver

    Most Hand Soft Metals 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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