Rubber Engraver

Engrave rubber plates used in printing designs and lettering on materials.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rubber Engravers do?

Engraves rubber plates used in printing designs and lettering on fabric or other materials, using knife, mechanical drawing tools and handtools: Cuts strip of engraving gum from roll, using knife. Positions design over strip and traces outline or draws letters, using pencil and mechanical drawing tools, leaving impression in surface of strip. Cuts around impression with knife to one-ply depth and pulls cut rubber from strip, leaving raised design or lettering. Prepares additional rubber plates for jobs requiring colors by omitting different portions of design or lettering from each plate. Punches hole on either side of plate and inserts and clinches grommet around hole, using setting tool and hammer, for use in fastening plate to press.


Should I be a Rubber Engraver?

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: Engraver, Rubber

    How to become a Rubber Engraver

    Most Rubber 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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