Electroplater Coatings technician, electroplating technician
Electroplaters apply protective metal coatings to parts used in industries like car manufacturing, aerospace and electronics.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set entry requirements, but experience in engineering or manufacturing would be useful.
You may need a forklift licence for some jobs.
You could get into this job through a metals processing or engineering apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- the ability to follow instructions
- high attention to detail
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- setting up equipment sensors like temperature controls
- loading uncoated items into cleansing baths, to clear impurities
- sealing off areas which don’t require coating
- dipping or brushing products with chemical solutions
- monitoring the electroplating process
- carrying out basic quality checks
- transferring newly coated items to drying tanks
- moving the products to finishing and storage areas
- reporting problems in the production process to supervisors
Starter: £15,000 to £17,500
Experienced: £18,000 to £21,000 (supervisor)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll work up to 40 hours a week on a shift rota. You’ll be based in a production plant or engineering workshop.
You’ll be working with hazardous chemicals, but your employer will give you protective safety equipment.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become a shift supervisor.
You could also move into quality control, or machinery maintenance after completing a course in engineering.
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Last updated: 22 March 2017