Engravers inscribe letters, figures and designs on metal, glass, wood, rubber, plastic and other surfaces.

    You can work as an Engraver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Inscribes letters, figures and designs on surfaces of jewellery, trophies and other ornamental items.

    All Precision Metal Trades Workers

    • $1,149 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Engravers

    • 530 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 68% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 30% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Engravers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 650 in 2011 to 530 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Engravers work in New South Wales.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (68%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 30% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing57.2
    Retail Trade22.7
    Other Services8.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.9
    Other Industries5.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateEngraversAll Jobs Average
    NSW38.531.6
    VIC22.225.6
    QLD16.620.0
    SA6.97.0
    WA14.210.8
    TAS0.92.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketEngraversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.3-5.05.0
    20-244.6-9.39.3
    25-3414.9-22.922.9
    35-4417.0-22.022.0
    45-5426.0-21.621.6
    55-5913.0-9.09.0
    60-6410.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over12.0-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationEngraversAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV32.1-21.121.1
    Year 1222.6-18.118.1
    Year 117.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below20.9-12.512.5

    You can work as an Engraver without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and Electronics

      64% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    2. Production and Processing

      61% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      60% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. English Language

      60% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Clerical

      59% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9194.00 - Etchers and Engravers.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Freedom to Make Decisions

      98% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      95% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      95% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Telephone

      93% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    5. Time Pressure

      92% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9194.00 - Etchers and Engravers.

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