Making Department Preparer

Operate equipment and use handtools to prepare metal jewelry findings.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Making Department Preparers do?

Operates equipment and uses handtools to prepare metal jewelry findings for further processing, using handtools and machine tools: Shapes, cuts, and assembles findings, using pliers, shears, arbors, mallets, files, or foot press. Drills holes in findings, using small drill. Cuts off excess metal or makes slots in findings, using bench lathe. Polishes findings on powered abrasive disk or emery wheel. Softens findings by heating them in furnace to prepare them for soft soldering or shaping.


Should I be a Making Department Preparer?

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

  • Also known as: Preparer, Making Department, Trimming-Department Blocker, Viscose Department Worker

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    Making Department Preparer

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