Precious Metal Worker

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

Precious Metal Workers Career Video

Casts, anneals, solders, hammers, or shapes gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Cuts and files pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
  • Solders parts together or fills holes and cracks with metal solder, using gas torches.
  • Polishes articles by hand or by using a polishing wheel.
  • Pierces and cuts open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
  • Positions and aligns auxiliary parts in jigs and joins parts, using solder and blowtorches.
  • Examines articles to determine the nature of defects requiring repair, such as dents, uneven bottoms, scratches, or holes.
  • Shapes and straightens damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
  • Anneals precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
  • Rotates molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
  • Weighs and mixes alloy ingredients, using formulas and knowledge of ingredients' chemical properties.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Artist
  • Bench Mechanic
  • Caster
  • Fabricator — Fabricates and assembles structural metal products, for example framework or shells for machinery, ovens, tanks, stacks, and metal parts for buildings and bridges.
  • Goldsmith — Works with gold and other precious metals to create jewelry in their own design, as well as repair jewelry.
  • Pewterer
  • Platinum Smith
  • Restoration Silversmith
  • Silversmith