Electroplating Workers

Worker at Electroplating Shop

Electroplating is the process of plating, or coating, an article with a thin layer of metal by using a liquid solution of the metal and an electric current that causes the metal to deposit on the article's surface. Some objects that are electroplated are automobile bumpers, grills, and trim; metal furniture; aircraft parts; electronic components; small appliances; and plumbing fixtures. Electroplating provides a protective surface and helps an object resist wear, corrosion, or abrasion. The various workers who carry out this process are known as electroplaters or platers. There are approximately 35,640 metal and plastic plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Electroplaters, Platers
Duties Coat objects such as automobile bumpers and aircraft parts with a thin, protective layer of metal
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many jobs are located in or near industrial centers in the Northeast and Midwest
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Postsecondary education or four years of experience as an electroplating helper
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Electroplating Inspector, or Supervisor, or Chemist
  • Electroplating Worker
  • Electroplating Laborer or Helper