Tool and die makers set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled or mechanically-controlled machine tools to produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools. They work in machine shops and tool rooms and on factory floors. Most work full time during regular business hours. However, overtime, evening, and weekend work are common.
Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, storefronts, and display cases to create distinctive designs or reduce the need for artificial lighting. As in many other construction trades, the work is physically demanding. Glaziers risk cuts from tools and glass, and falls from ladders and scaffolding. Most work full time. About 5% were self-employed in 2010.
A cabinetmaker, as the name would suggest, is an individual who engages in the activity of conceptualizing, designing and constructing furniture. They are usually considered synonymous with bench carpenters, although they have a particular specialization in cabinetry. Aside from building and designing cabinets, cabinet makers have the added task of installing them.
A log grader is the person who inspects logs and grades them. He also estimates the amount of value or marketable content in the pulpwood or logs found within log deck, millpond, sorting yards, and other similar locations.
A hand polishing worker, or hand grinding worker, is someone who is responsible for grinding, sanding, and/or polishing objects to a smooth finish. The objects that a polisher may work with can be made from wood, stone, clay, marble, plastic, and glass, to name a few. The objects a polisher or grinder works with can end up as smaller craft items delivered directly to market, such as jewelry, furniture accents or dentures. They can also work on larger items such as furniture. The worker must be able to use a variety of tools, both large and small, to shape the object in question to the desired shape and desired surface. The finished pieces may require excruciatingly exact detail, and the worker must have the skill to be able to derive the perfect finish from the modified objects.
A Shoemaker is someone who makes, designs and repairs footwear. The original name for a Shoemaker was Cordwainer. Historically, shoes were made one shoe at a time by hand, but this has somewhat been replaced by the shoe manufacturing industry, producing shoes at a far greater rate than sole Shoemakers can. There are still Shoemakers however, that produce quality, detailed and crafted work, but they are becoming rare. Although there are few remaining Shoemakers in the world, the art of shoemaking will likely be around for quite some time, as many parts of the world still rely on Shoemakers. Also, some people still like to know that their perfectly-fitted shoes were designed and made specifically for them.
Industrial machinery mechanics maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery such as conveying systems, production machinery, and packaging equipment. Workers must follow safety precautions and use protective equipment such as hardhats, safety glasses, and hearing protectors. Most mechanics work full time. However, they may be on call or assigned to work nights or weekends. Overtime is common.
A brickmason uses bricks to build fences, walkways, walls, patios, buildings and other structures. Brickmasons may also work with other building materials. Brickmasons are also referred to as bricklayers and just masons.
Machining is the process of creating or changing parts that are made primarily of metal, and less frequently, of plastic or wood. It may be accomplished by cutting, grinding, drilling, lathing, polishing and other technological processes that are performed to remove excess metal and shape the part. Machinists are individuals who use machinery tools to fabricate parts according to the parameters specified in blueprints, also known as technical drawings. They generally work with materials such as steel, brass, aluminium, copper and sometimes glass, plastic or wood. Machinists have to be proficient in using various machinery equipment because the making of a part frequently requires more than one technological process and tool. Most machinery tools are electrically powered equipment, but several hand tools may also be used occasionally. Machinists are essential workers in industries or fields where replacement parts are frequently needed, especially in emergency situations when the operation of equipment depends on the availability of a specific part.
A stonemason is an individual who takes rough pieces of rock or stone, and shapes it into geometric shapes as dictated by the builder, and then, using these shaped stones together with cement or lime stone mortar, creates structures and/or works of art. These structures include monuments, buildings, cathedrals, tombstones, etc. Brilliant, beautifully crafted, exquisite and magnificent are just some of the words used to describe the work done by those who have successfully mastered the art of stonemasonry. Masons take great pride in being able to produce beautiful yet functional work that is uniquely suited for each individual client. Some of the greatest pieces of art and most notable structures were created by stonemasonry workers. Some of the more popular stonemasonry works include the Easter Island statues, Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Egyptian Pyramids, and Chartres Cathedral.
Segmental pavers, also known as segmental masons in some instances, are construction and home renovation specialists who install flat segments of brick, concrete, or other stone-like building materials. Segmental pavers work in a variety of settings, but the majority of them work in the home improvement or construction industry. Segmental masons are responsible for the planning, cutting, and laying of paving materials used to create walkways, patios, and even driveways. The discipline of segmental paving involves complex planning and designing. Working closely with clients is paramount to the success of a segmental mason's job description. Most of the time, segmental pavers work on outdoor projects such as custom-designed home patios, but occasionally segmental pavers ply their trade indoors. Cement masonry involves a multi-step process in order to create marvelous, appealing sidewalks and paths. Without the expertise of a skilled mason, these construction projects would degrade over time as topsoil shifts and settles. A large number of home improvement developers attempt to do the work of a segmental mason by themselves, but more often than not these do-it-yourself projects require repairs performed by a skilled segmental paver.
Aviation Inspectors, also known as aviation safety inspectors, have been keeping the world's air transportation system safe since the development of an American airway system in the early 1920s. Although it was originally created for the U.S. Air Mail Service, it was transferred to the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA after the Federal Aviation Act was established in 1958. Aviation inspectors are responsible for the safety of everyone who boards an airplane, as well as those remaining on the ground. Conducting preflight inspections to ensure the safety of an aircraft, these inspectors are critical in confirming that the craft is safe for flight. They have a mechanical aptitude and are able to diagnose and resolve complex problems. Often working for the FAA, they understand that following all safety guidelines is an important responsibility; therefore, an aviation inspector can mandate changes to maintenance schedules and suggest repairs as needed. Being superbly trained, they examine all the components that can affect an individual flight to ensure the safety of it's crew and passengers.
Electricians are tradesmen whose responsibilities are to design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems. These systems can be located in homes, commercial or industrial buildings, and even machines and large pieces of equipment. Electricians work either inside or outside to make possible the use of lights, televisions, industrial equipment, appliances and many other items essential to life.
Essentially, an architect is a designer, trained and licensed to work on the planning and design of buildings. The facets of an architect's role are as varied and fascinating as their work; these are professionals who lead the process of creating functional spaces, from concept and design to a full realization of those designs. Architecture is an art that works hand in hand with science to design places where people can live, eat, work and play. As a leader of various projects, from something as small as an addition to someone's home to something as large as a hospital, college campus, or an entire neighbourhood, the role of an architect is to bring together the creative ideas and visions of the client and keep in mind the needs of those that will be using the new space.
A biomass power plant manager supervises every aspect of the transformation of waste into useable energy. They keep track of the amount of energy the plant is producing as opposed to how much it uses. Managers also ensure that strict safety protocol is followed and that it is in compliance with federal and regional regulations.
Recreational vehicle service technicians inspect, service, and repair motorized power equipment. They generally work in well-ventilated and noisy repair shops. They sometimes make onsite repair calls, which may require working in poor weather conditions. Although most work full time during regular business hours, seasonal work hours often fluctuate. Workers are often busiest during the spring and summer, when use of the vehicles is the highest.
As the name suggests, a precious metal worker deals with precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum, and objects made from those metals. Precious metal workers are found in many industries, including jewelry, antique restoration, furniture production, mining and blacksmithing. They also perform a diverse array of tasks within each profession.
A furniture finisher shapes, smoothens, or resmoothens damaged, worn, or used furniture or new furniture to a specified finish after which they wash the surfaces. Grinders, sanders, chisels, steel wool, pumice, and sandpaper are used for finishing, and materials used can include varnish, shellac, lacquer, stain, and/or paint. During the process, pieces of furniture are dried in rooms equipped with fans which blow warm air.
A wellhead pumper operates power pumps and other equipment so that gas or oil can flow from the oil well. The job is known by a number of other terms, including operations technician, rig technician, pumper and well tender. Work is performed within a strong safety culture that follows detailed and exact safety regulations. Environmental rules also must be closely followed. The pumper's job involves bringing an oil, gas, or mining product from a well up to the surface by means of pumps and compressors. The pumper starts the compressor engine and opens valves to return compressed gas to the bottom of the well. The pump depressurizes the pipe and forces oil to rise to the surface. The wellhead pumper then must monitor the flow as the product travels to make sure it is moving at the proper rate. Once the pump has brought the product to the surface, the pumper transfers it to storage tanks or trucks that move it offsite. Although the wellhead pumper has long been a traditional part of the oil and gas industry, increased use of automated storage and retrieval systems has increased productivity and lessened the need for wellhead pumpers.
A locksmith is a professional who is trained in locksmithing or the skill of making locks. Of course, they are more popular for their other task, which is to open locks without the keys designed for them. Locksmiths are also professionals that design and form keys since the term also implies shaping metals.