Electroplating Workers

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 36,120 platers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Coat objects such as automobile bumpers and aircraft parts with a thin, protective layer of metal
Alternate Title(s) Electroplaters, Platers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
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
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Postsecondary education or four years of experience as an electroplating helper required
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Electroplating Inspector, or Supervisor, or Chemist
  • Electroplating Worker
  • Electroplating Laborer or Helper

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