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£13,000 Average salary at age 20
£27,560 Average Salary
51 Average hours per week


Electroplaters operate continuous plant to coat metal parts and articles electrolytically, form metal articles by electro- and vacuum-deposition, dip and spray articles with another metal, plastic powder or other material and treat articles chemically to produce desired surface finishes.

Main Tasks

  • Cleans and rinses article or pre-shaped form to be coated;
  • Masks area not to be covered with wax, resistant adhesive tape or other material;
  • Fits appropriate nozzle on spray gun, loads spray gun with appropriate coating material and prepares electrolytic solutions;
  • Sets machine, plant, or equipment controls to regulate electric current and temperature of molten zinc, tin, chromium, copper or other non-ferrous metal;
  • Immerses articles in plating solutions or sprays article until required thickness of coating has been deposited;
  • Removes article from solution and centrifuges, if necessary, to remove excess molten metal before cooling.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Product Coating are available at Levels 2 and 3.

UK Prospects

6800 Workforce Size
12.70% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
669 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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