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"Precious Metal Worker"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Cast, anneal, solder, hammer, or shape gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.

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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Precious Metal Worker"

1) Rout out locations where parts are to be joined to items, using routing machines.

2) Weigh completed items to determine weights and record any deviations.


3) Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.

4) Solder parts together or fill holes and cracks with metal solder, using gas torches.

5) Polish articles by hand or by using a polishing wheel.


6) Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.

7) Position and align auxiliary parts in jigs, and join parts using solder and blowtorches.

8) Shape and straighten damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.

9) Rotate molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.

10) Carry castings or finished items to storage areas or to different work stations.

11) Examine articles to determine the nature of defects requiring repair, such as dents, uneven bottoms, scratches, or holes.

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12) Anneal precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.

13) Weigh and mix alloy ingredients, using formulas and knowledge of ingredients' chemical properties.

14) Heat ingots or alloy mixtures to specified temperatures, stir mixtures and skim off impurities, and then fill molds to form ingots from which parts are cast.


15) Design and fabricate models of new casting molds, and chipping and turning tools used to finish product surfaces.

16) Determine placement of auxiliary parts, such as handles and spouts, and mark locations of parts.

17) Form concavities in bottoms of articles to improve stability, using tracing punches and hammers.

18) Design silver articles such as jewelry and serving pieces.

19) Peen edges of scratches or holes to repair defects, using peening hammers.

20) Secure molded items in chucks of lathes, and activate lathes to finish inner and outer surfaces of items.

21) Research reference materials, analyze production data, and consult with interested parties to develop ideas for new products.

22) Position articles over snarling tools and then raise design areas, using foot-powered hammers.

23) Trim gates and sharp points from cast parts, using band saws.

24) Verify that bottom edges of articles are level, using straightedges or by rocking them back and forth on flat surfaces.

25) Engrave decorative lines on items, using engraving tools.

26) Sand interior mold parts to remove glaze residue, apply new glaze to molds, and allow it to dry for mold assembly.

27) Strike articles with small tools, or punch them with hammers, to indent them or restore embossing.

28) Wire parts such as legs, spouts, and handles to article bodies in preparation for soldering.

29) Hammer out dents and bulges, selecting and using hammers and dollies with heads that correspond in curvature to article surfaces.

30) Assemble molds, wrap molds in heat-resistant cloth, and ladle molten alloy into mold openings, repeating casting processes as necessary to produce specified numbers of parts.

31) Strike molds in order to separate dried castings from molds.

32) Glue plastic separators to handles of coffeepots and teapots.

Job Description for "Precious Metal Worker" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Precious Metal Worker"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  51-9071.07


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