Engraver

Engravers who are sometimes called “engraving operators” specialize in etching letters or designs into paper metal wood silk glass or other materials. According to the website www.jobsonline.net these engravings usually serve decorative purposes. Many engravers are employed by the publishing industry where they work with printing presses to prepare the metal plates needed for the printing of magazines books and greeting cards. Some work to prepare for the printing of business cards trademarks and letter heads and they may interact with graphic artists to devise the designs that will be engraved. The tasks engravers perform include measuring and computing the dimensions of lettering or designs then positioning and adjusting the hand held or power tools they use to engrave the required pattern or design and finally operating the equipment. Once the engraving is completed they inspect it to insure its quality and then they clean and polish the areas that are engraved to make sure there are no rough or irregular spots. The website www.collegecrunch.org says that engravers need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They must have at least two years of experience working in an apprentice position to an experienced engraver in order to gain the necessary skills as well as knowledge about common practices and procedures in the profession. Earnings for engravers depend on their experience but usually fall between approximately $30500 and $48000 a year.

Education Required: High School Diploma and Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $39250
High Salary: $48000
Low Salary: $30500
Tasks: Engraves patterns or designs onto various surfaces.
Determines etching machine settings.
Traces or sketches designs.
Polishes engravings after they are completed.
Also Called: Engraving Operator
Etcher
Etcher-Circuit Processor
Pantograph Engraver
Additional Resources: http://www.jobsonline.net/production-etchersandengravers-n104838800/
http://www.collegecrunch.org/careers/art-and-design/engraving-operator/
http://dot-job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/ENGRAVER.cfm