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Blacksmith

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€15k > 30
Blacksmith
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€15 - 30
Related Information:
Most blacksmiths are self-employed
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works with iron or steel to create custom objects such as iron gates, grills, ornamental railings, candlesticks, light fixtures, furniture, sculptures, tools and horse shoes.

A Blacksmith is a recognised craftsperson.


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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Measure and inspect machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications.

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Read work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup.

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Start machines to produce sample workpieces, and observe operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications.

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Remove dies from machines when production runs are finished.

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Turn handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations.

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Confer with other workers about machine setups and operational specifications.

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Repair, maintain, and replace parts on dies.

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Set up, operate, or tend presses and forging machines to perform hot or cold forging by flattening, straightening, bending, cutting, piercing, or other operations to taper, shape, or form metal.

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Position and move metal wires or workpieces through a series of dies that compress and shape stock to form die impressions.

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Install, adjust, and remove dies, synchronizing cams, forging hammers, and stop guides, using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices, and hand tools.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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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.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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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.

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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.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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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.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 77 61804
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Organisation: The Heritage Council
Address: Church Lane, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 777 0777
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