CAREER

Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$34,850

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-8.8% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Do

Set up, operate, or tend plating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Typically, the product being coated is immersed in molten metal or an electrolytic solution.

Other Job Titles Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic May Have

Anodizer, Anodizing Line Operator, Chrome Plater, Coater Associate, Coater Operator, Electro Plater, Galvanizer, Line Operator, Machine Operator, Plater

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times.
  • Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals to control plating processes.
  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects, such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.
  • Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces.
  • Observe gauges to ensure that machines are operating properly, making adjustments or stopping machines when problems occur.

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