Blacksmith (024) Enlisted Personnel

Performs miscellaneous duties of forging, forge-welding, heat treating of metals, and operation of drop hammers and power presses in a military repair, boiler, or machine shop, to assist in accomplishment of repairs to equipment and machinery.
Dresses tools required in repairing machinery and equipment by sharpening and tempering. Forges metal articles and parts from iron or steel in repairing or manufacturing machine parts and tools. Forging operations include drawing, upsetting, bending, twisting, punching, and welding. Operates furnaces and quenching and drawing tanks for heat treatment of tools, springs, and other forgings. May operate forging bulldozers and bolt headers for quantity production of machine-bent and forged parts.
Equipment includes blacksmith's tools, anvils, forges, blowers, power and steam hammers, forging machines, and bulldozers; heat treating, spring tempering, and tool furnaces' bar-shears and spring-making machinery.
Must be familiar with coal or coke forges. Must be able to make medium and light machine hand forgings. Should have knowledge of heat treatment of steel. Must have knowledge of various methods of shaping heated metal.

Alternate nomenclatures:

  • Foreman, Blacksmith
  • Forging Press Operator
  • Hammersmith
  • Heat Treater
  • Tool Dresser

Suitable Substitutions