Metal Plate Workers, & Riveters
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.
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.