Gem and Diamond Workers

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About the Job

Fabricate, finish, or evaluate the quality of gems and diamonds used in jewelry or industrial tools.

It is also Called

  • Stone Setter Apprentice
  • Spotter
  • Sapphire Stylus Grinder
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Phonograph Needle Tip Maker
  • Pearl Restorer
  • Pearl Peller
  • Pearl Cutter
  • Oliving Machine Operator
  • Lathe Operator
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What They Do

  • Regrind drill points, and advance drill cutting points according to specifications for channel depths and shapes.
  • Dismantle lapping, boring, cutting, polishing, and shaping equipment and machinery to clean and lubricate it.
  • Secure stones in metal mountings, using solder.
  • Replace, true, and sharpen blades, drills, and plates.
  • Regulate the speed of revolutions and reciprocating actions of drilling mechanisms.
  • Split gems along pre-marked lines to remove imperfections, using blades and jewelers' hammers.
  • Select shaping wheels for tasks, and mix and apply abrasives, bort, or polishing compounds.
  • Measure sizes of stones' bore holes and cuts to ensure adherence to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  • Lap girdles on rough diamonds, using diamond girdling lathes.
  • Place stones in clamps on polishing machines and polish facets of stones, using felt-covered or canvas-covered polishing wheels and polishing compounds such as tripoli and rouge.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $53,960 with most people making between $25,730 and $71,540

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 880 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 720 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.



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