CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Jewelers and Silversmiths

Jewelers and Silversmiths

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Anneal, solder, hammer, shape, and glue silver articles. Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
 
Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools.
 
Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
 
Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
 
Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
 
Select and acquire metals and gems for designs.
 
Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
 
Mark and drill holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
 
Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
 
Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.
 
Pour molten metal alloys or other materials into molds in order to cast models of jewelry.
 
Cut, shape, and smooth gemstones, pearls, and metal pieces, using abrasives, grinding stones, and power and hand tools.
 
Soften metal to be used in designs by heating it with a gas torch and shape it, using hammers and dies.
 
Determine appraised values of diamonds and other gemstones based on price guides, market fluctuations, and stone grades and rarity.
 
Alter existing jewelry mountings in order to reposition jewels or to adjust mountings.
 
Grade stones based on their color, perfection, and quality of cut.
 
Plate articles such as jewelry pieces and watch dials, using silver, gold, nickel, or other metals.
 
Write or modify design specifications such as the metal contents and weights of items.
 
Create new jewelry designs and modify existing designs, using computers as necessary.
 
Examine gemstone surfaces and internal structures to evaluate genuineness, quality, and value, using polariscopes, refractometers, and other optical instruments.
 
Buy and sell jewelry, or serve as agents between buyers and sellers.
 
Record the weights and processing times of finished pieces.
 
Lay out designs on metal stock, and cut along markings to fabricate pieces used to cast metal molds.
 
Fabricate, modify, or repair jigs, fixtures, and hand tools such as scrapers, cutters, gougers, and shapers.
 
Mark, engrave, or emboss designs on metal pieces such as castings, wire, or jewelry, following specifications.
 
Cut designs in molds or other materials to be used as models in the fabrication of metal and jewelry products.
 
Design and fabricate molds, models, and machine accessories, and modify hand tools used to cast metal and jewelry pieces.
 
Research and analyze reference materials, and consult with interested parties in order to develop new products or modify existing designs.
 
Weigh, mix, and melt metal alloys or materials needed for jewelry models.
 
Remove mold castings from metal or jewelry workpieces, and place workpieces in water or on trays to cool.
 
Place metal samples in frames, pack raw rubber around samples, and clamp samples, frames, and rubber into vulcanizing machines.
 
Assemble and secure mold sections used to cast metal articles and pieces.
 
Melt and roll out metal into sheets or bars, and stamp out jewelry such as gold and silver chains, using presses or dies.
 
Build sand molds in flasks, following patterns and heat flasks to dry and harden molds, using furnaces or torches.
 
Rotate molds in order to distribute molten material and prevent formation of air pockets.
 
Remove molds from cast articles, clean them, and apply shellac and powder to preserve them for reuse.
 
Immerse gemstones in chemical solutions to determine specific gravity and other key properties necessary for identification and appraisal.
 
Burn grooves or crevices in molds in order to correct defects, using soldering guns.
 
Press models into clay, and build up clay around exposed parts of models to retain plaster.
 
Chase decorative designs on silver blanks that are to be used as models for steel production dies.
 
Anneal, solder, hammer, shape, and glue silver articles.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Antique Jewelry Repairer
Arborer
Bead Maker
Bench Hand
Bench Jeweler
Bench Molder
Bench Molder Apprentice
Bracelet and Brooch Maker
Brilliandeer Looper
Caster
Centrifugal Casting Machine Operator
Certified Bench Jeweler Technician
Chain Maker
Craft Worker
Crafter
Damascener
Dial Maker
Diamond Expert
Diamond Grader
Earrings Fabricator
Engine Turner
Fancy Wire Drawer
Gemologist
Girdler
Gold Beater
Goldbeater
Goldsmith
Hammer Setter
Hammersmith
Hand Chain Maker
Jeweler
Jeweler Apprentice
Jewelry Appraiser
Jewelry Bearing Maker
Jewelry Bench Molder
Jewelry Bench Worker
Jewelry Drill Operator
Jewelry Drilling Machine Operator
Jewelry Inspector
Jewelry Maker
Jewelry Mechanic
Jewelry Model Maker
Jewelry Mold Maker
Jewelry Repairer
Jewelry Technician
Lathe Operator
Lay-Out Worker
Layout Operator
Layout Worker
Locket Maker
Model Maker
Model Maker Apprentice
Mold Maker
Mold Maker Apprentice
Oliving Machine Operator
Pearl Restorer
Phonograph Needle Tip Maker
Pronger
Ring Maker
Sample Maker
Setter
Silver Chaser
Solderer
Stone Setter
Stone Setter Apprentice
Stonecutter
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Jewelers and Silversmiths
 
 
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