Engraves or etches metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Inspects etched work for depth of etching, uniformity, and defects, using calibrated microscopes, gauges, fingers, or magnifying lenses.
- Examines sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints, or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut, or engraved onto workpieces.
- Cleans and polishes engraved areas.
- Prepares workpieces for etching or engraving by cutting, sanding, cleaning, polishing, or treating them with wax, acid resist, lime, etching powder, or light-sensitive enamel.
- Engraves and prints patterns, designs, etchings, trademarks, or lettering onto flat or curved surfaces of a wide variety of metal, glass, plastic, or paper items, using hand tools or hand-held power tools.
- Prepares etching chemicals according to formulas, diluting acid with water to obtain solutions of specified concentration.
- Uses computer software to design patterns for engraving.
- Exposes workpieces to acid to develop etch patterns such as designs, lettering, or figures.
- Adjusts depths and sizes of cuts by adjusting heights of worktables, or by adjusting machine-arm gauges.
- Cuts outlines of impressions with gravers, and removes excess material with knives.