Individuals who have an interest in metals who are good at working with their hands have excellent eye-hand-coordination and have technical and mechanical aptitude might find a career as a coppersmith to be fulfilling.

Coppersmiths work with non-ferrous metals such as copper and brass often for the purpose of manufacturing cylinders pipes and cisterns. However in some cases they work with copper to create works of art.According to the website coppersmiths lay out cut bend and assemble pipe sections and pipe fittings.

To accomplish these tasks they use hand tools gas torches and shop machinery making sure to pack everything with sand or other materials to prevent it from flattening when it is heated. They conduct tests to check for leaks in the final product. Not surprisingly there is a greater than average chance of job injuries with this type of work.

There are no formal educational requirements for this career but some knowledge of mathematics and geometry are required and post-secondary vocational courses can be useful. Regardless of formal education aspiring coppersmiths must serve a structured practical internship andor an apprenticeship with an experienced coppersmith for a period of time that is usually specified by the potential employer.

Coppersmiths are employed by the government by metal manufacturers mining engineering and chemical companies. With experience they can go into business on their own.

The website reports that coppersmiths can expect to earn an annual salary of between $50000 and $60000.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Apprenticeship
Avg Salary: $55000
High Salary: $60000
Low Salary: $50000
Tasks: Manufactures pipes.
Uses gas torches and several types of hand tools.
Performs test to ensure that pipes are not leaking.
Adheres to strict safety standards.
Also Called: Metal Worker
Copper Worker
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