An artisan is a skilled workman or craftsman. ISCO-88 gives the following description:

Craft and related trades workers apply their specific knowledge and skills in the fields of mining and construction, form metal, erect metal structures, set machine tools; or make, fit, maintain and repair machinery, equipment or tools, carry out printing work as well as produce or process foodstuffs, textiles, or wooden, metal and other articles, including handicraft goods.

The work is carried out by hand and by hand-powered and other tools which are used to reduce the amount of physical effort and time required for specific tasks, as well as to improve the quality of the products. The tasks call for an understanding of all stages of the production process, the materials and tools used, and the nature and purpose of the final product.

Tasks performed by craft and related trades workers usually include:

  • extracting and working solid minerals; constructing, maintaining and repairing buildings and other structures; casting, welding and shaping metal;
  • installing and erecting heavy metal structures, tackle and related equipment;
  • making machinery, tools, equipment, and other metal articles;
  • setting for operators, or setting and operating various machine tools;
  • fitting, maintaining and repairing industrial machinery, including engines and vehicles, as well as electrical and electronic instruments and other equipment;
  • making precision instruments, jewellery, household and other precious-metal articles, pottery, glass and related products;
  • producing handicraft;
  • executing printing work;
  • producing and processing foodstuff and various articles made of wood, textiles, leather and related materials.

Supervision of other workers may be included.

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