Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9194 Etchers and Engravers
Engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials for identification or decorative purposes. Include such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers. Include photoengravers with "Prepress Technicians and Workers" (51-5022).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Adjust depths and sizes of cuts by adjusting heights of worktables, or by adjusting machine-arm gauges. Engrave and print 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. Position and clamp workpieces, plates, or rollers in holding fixtures. Determine machine settings, and move bars or levers to reproduce designs on rollers or plates. Examine engraving for quality of cut, burrs, rough spots, and irregular or incomplete engraving. Measure and compute dimensions of lettering, designs, or patterns to be engraved. Start machines and lower cutting tools to beginning points on patterns. Clean and polish engraved areas. Examine sketches, diagrams, samples, blueprints, or photographs to decide how designs are to be etched, cut, or engraved onto workpieces.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.14   Entry $25,238.00
Mean $15.11   Mean $31,427.00
Experience $16.60 Experience $34,521.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
51-9194.00 Etchers and Engravers