Electroplaters, part of the larger metal casting, forging, and finishing industry, develop mould patterns and form sand moulds and cores to assist in the larger project of producing metal castings. They also forge metal by heating and hammering it into shape, and at times will also repair, coat, and polished already-forged metal parts and artefacts.

Duties and tasks

  • Cutting metal using machinery and tools
  • Preparing solutions and coating metal with solutions
  • Tempering, buffering, and polishing finished metal products
  • Using forges and furnaces to heat metal and pound it into shape
  • Working with horses to forge and hammer on horseshoes

 Skills required

  • Active listening and other oral communication skills
  • Mechanical competence
  • Operating machinery, gauges, and controls at a technically proficient level
  • Physical strength
  • Repair capability

Working conditions

Electroplaters often work in factory settings, although it is possible to obtain a job in a smaller workshop. Temperatures can fluctuate wildly but are often very warm. Workplaces can be noisy, dirty, and smelly.

Professional associations / Industry information

The Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing

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