Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing

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About the Job

Cut or carve stone according to diagrams and patterns.

It is also Called

  • Vault Maker
  • Tombstone Carver
  • Stoneworker
  • Stonecutter
  • Stone Sandblaster
  • Stone Dresser
  • Stone Decorator
  • Stone Cutter
  • Stone Carver
  • Stone Apprentice Sandblaster

What They Do

  • Dress stone surfaces, using bushhammers.
  • Load sandblasting equipment with abrasives, attach nozzles to hoses, and turn valves to admit compressed air and activate jets.
  • Copy drawings on rough clay or plaster models.
  • Remove or add stencils during blasting to create differing cut depths, intricate designs, or rough, pitted finishes.
  • Smooth surfaces of carvings, using rubbing stones.
  • Cut, shape, and finish rough blocks of building or monumental stone, according to diagrams or patterns.
  • Guide nozzles over stone, following stencil outlines, or chip along marks to create designs or to work surfaces down to specified finishes.
  • Carve rough designs freehand or by chipping along marks on stone, using mallets and chisels or pneumatic tools.
  • Move fingers over surfaces of carvings to ensure smoothness of finish.
  • Select chisels, pneumatic or surfacing tools, or sandblasting nozzles and determine sequence of use.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

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

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • 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.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $34,920 with most people making between $18,860 and $50,920

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 1,000 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 700 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.