Gem City College is one of the few institutions in the United States to offer a complete program of engraving. Machine engraving can never replace the fine touch of expert craftsmanship and the skill of hand engraving on precious metals. A knowledge of this craft prepares the student to be a better jeweler because of the skills that are learned with the graver. Students learn fundamental designs and how to construct letters of different alphabets (Script, Old English, Block etc.) Desiging and engraving various styles of monograms, cutting Leaf Alphabets, ornamental designs and scrolls are also mastered in this program. Finally machine engraving and steel engraving are introduced using powered engraving techniques.
For additional information regarding the Hand Engraving Program, please see pages 17 thru 20 of the course catalog located on the Horology Home Page.
Standard Occupational Classification – 51-9194 Etchers and Engravers
Engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber, or other materials. Includes such workers as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers. Photoengravers are included in “Prepress Technicians and Workers” (51-5111).
Illustrative examples: Metal Engraver, Glass Etcher