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Electroplater Coatings technician, electroplating technician

Electroplaters apply protective metal coatings to parts used in industries like car manufacturing, aerospace and electronics.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £21,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 per week

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

You’ll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £17,500

Experienced: £18,000 to £21,000 (supervisor)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’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 progression

With 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