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

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What do they 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.

Also known as:

Anodizer, Anodizing Line Operator, Chrome Plater, Coater Associate, Coater Operator, Copper Plater, Electro Plater, Galvanizer, Hard Chrome Plater, Line Operator, Machine Operator, Metalizer, Nickel Plater, Plater, Production Plater, Racker, Tin Plater

Typical Wages

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 10 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

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    Ranks #31 in job growth rate
  • 40

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #27 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (4.8%)
  • Associate's degree (6.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (21.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (48.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (18.5%)

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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
  • Adjust flow of electricity to tools or production equipment.
  • Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products.
  • Operate painting or coating equipment.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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