Blacksmiths shape, forge, join and weld metals such as steel, iron and brass to create or mend metal objects.
Duties and tasks
- Choose metals to suit specific job requests
- Consult with the client/customer regarding job requirements
- Cut, press, twist, punch and hammer metal to join it
- For outdoor objects, grit-blast, clean, spray with zinc and paint
- Polish and protect metal with linseed oil or wax
- Trim horse hooves, fit horse shoes and make horse shoes
- Use furnaces and forges to heat metal to the correct temperature
- Using a range of machinery and hand tools such as power hammers, drills, air chisels and hydraulic presses
- Able to Perform Basic Calculations
- Able to Perform Manual Work
- Capacity to Understand the Properties of Different Metals
- Good Manual Dexterity with the Ability to Use Tools and Machinery
- Safety Awareness
- Strong Attention to Detail and Problem Solving
- Blacksmiths usually work regular Monday to Friday hours with some overtime. They may work in a variety of settings, from small sheds to large industrial workshops.
- Blacksmiths often work in hot, noisy conditions and may be required to protective clothing such as glasses, steel cap boots and ear protectors.
Professional associations / Industry information
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