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Smiths and Forge Workers

Smiths and forge workers operate or direct the operation of power hammers and presses to shape heated metal to requirements and to make and repair a variety of metal articles by heating, hammering and bending.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £8447. Normal pay is £13525 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £20407.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • Fits and secures horses shoes.
  • Tempers and hardens forged pieces, as required, by quenching in oil or water.
  • Bends or shapes metal by hand forging methods using hammers, punches, drifts and other hand tools.
  • Uses special forging tools to shape and cut metal as required.
  • Operates or directs operation of press or hammer and repositions workpiece between strokes.
  • Positions or directs the positioning of heated metal on anvil or other work surface.
  • Heats or supervises the heating in furnace of metal to be forged.
  • Reads and interprets order or blueprint to determine operational requirements.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Active Learning


  • Critical Thinking


  • Learning Strategies


  • Monitoring


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Mathematics


  • Active Listening


  • Writing


  • Speaking


  • Science


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