Metal plate workers, and riveters

£15,080 Average salary at age 20
£35,880 Average Salary
52 Average hours per week

Description

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

Main Tasks

  • 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.

Qualifications

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.

UK Prospects

5500 Workforce Size
10.47% Predicted decline 2020 - 2027
1830 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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