Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing

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ABOUT MANUFACTURING STONE CUTTER OR CARVER CAREERS
Video transcript

Stone - it's one of nature's most enduring materials. When something is carved in stone, it can last for ages. Stone cutters and carvers draw on knowledge that goes back thousands of years.

But today, cutters and carvers might use very modern tools. For example, a blueprint that was created with the help of a computer. The design is marked carefully on the surface of the stone. Then the craftsman guides tools to create the desired effect - an intricate incision or a textures surface. Measuring instruments are used to ensure that the cutting is being done to specifications.

This work might take place in factories, studios, or at outdoor sites. It requires bending, lifting, and handling heavy materials. Safety equipment many be needed to protect against flying chips, as well as from dust. The craft calls for great attention to detail, strength, good eyesight, and steady hands, because once a cut is made, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to rework.

Stone cutters and carvers pass their knowledge to apprentices on the job. From decorative accents to towering monuments, the handiwork of these skilled artisans is as awe-inspiring as it is lasting.

SNAPSHOT
Cut or carve stone according to diagrams and patterns.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
HIGH
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
HIGH
Daily tasks

Select chisels, pneumatic or surfacing tools, or sandblasting nozzles and determine sequence of use.

Shape, trim, or touch up roughed-out designs with appropriate tools to finish carvings.

Lay out designs or dimensions from sketches or blueprints on stone surfaces, by freehand or by transferring them from tracing paper, using scribes or chalk and measuring instruments.

Drill holes and cut or carve moldings and grooves in stone, according to diagrams and patterns.

Cut, shape, and finish rough blocks of building or monumental stone, according to diagrams or patterns.

Move fingers over surfaces of carvings to ensure smoothness of finish.

Verify depths and dimensions of cuts or carvings to ensure adherence to specifications, blueprints, or models, using measuring instruments.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
TOP SKILLS
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.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.