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Metal plate workers, and riveters

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£20,800 pile of coins

Age 35

£37,440 pile of coins

Age 50

£41,600 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £30,160

What does this career do?

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

Typical 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.

Current 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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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