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Metal plate workers, and riveters

£16,640 Average salary at age 20
£36,920 Average Salary
52 Average hours per week


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.


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

5400 Workforce Size
8.55% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
1515 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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