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Ornamental-Metalwork Designer

Overview: These designers create designs for metal items such as latticework, light fixtures, clocks and ornamental household items. They draw detailed sketches of their artwork & specify fabrication methods to produce the items using forging tools, machine tools and welding equipment.
Duties: They artistically designs patterns and styles for metal household products, ornaments and works of art. Their works range from clocks, fireplace equipment, lamps to wall decorations.

They experiment using different methods to produce their metal works of art. This can include forging, use of power machine tools such as lathes and metal binding equipment.

They decide how to best market their products through art shops, art shows and exhibits. They determine pricing based on the cost of production and consumer acceptance.

They work with architects to design and create customized metal decorations, railings and works of art for new homes and buildings being restored.

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
Job Outlook: Employment of ornamental-metalwork designers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Employment growth will arise from an increase in consumer and business demand for new or upgraded products in consumer electronics, medicine, transportation, and other fields. The trend towards offshoring of ornamental design work could continue to slow employment growth of U.S.
Starting Salary: Earnings of beginning artists vary greatly and are often supplemented by a second job.
Salary Range (National Average): $26,000 to $29,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in studio and commercial art is required of these artists. A knowledge of the use of metals and glass is essential as well as additional courses in art history and fashion trends. It is important for new graduates to have a professional portfolio of their best works when seeking employment.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.