• Metal and Plastic Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 36,850
    $29,090 range bar $51,510
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and Plastic Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 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.

What do they typically do

  • Position and feed materials into processing machines, by hand or by using automated equipment
  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects such as air bubbles or uneven coverage
  • Determine sizes and compositions of objects to be plated and amounts of electrical current and time required
  • Test machinery to ensure that it is operating properly
  • Keep production records
  • Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times
  • Operate hoists to place workpieces onto machine feed carriages or spindles
  • Immerse objects to be coated or plated into cleaning solutions, or spray objects with conductive solutions to prepare them for plating

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.5%
Job Openings 59

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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