Metal plate workers and riveters mark off, drill, shape, position, rivet and seal metal plates and girders to form structures and frameworks.


  • Examines drawings and specifications and uses rules, scribes and punches to mark out metal plate with guidelines and reference points
  • Cuts metal plate to markings using hand or machine tools
  • Uses machine tools to bend, curve, punch, drill and straighten metal plate as required
  • Uses hydraulic jacks to position and align metal platework or frame for welding and bolting
  • Selects suitable rivets and rivets together metal plates and girders
  • Seals seams with caulking compound, smoothes welds, fixes metal doors, metal collars, portholes, tank and hatch covers and performs other metal plate finishing tasks using a variety of hand and power tools.

Entry Requirements

Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is usually via apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. Apprenticeships in Engineering Materials Processing, Engineering Assembly and Engineering Construction are available.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £34,000 per annum and can progress up to £80,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,048 employed Metal Plate Workers, & Riveters in the region.

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