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Metal Plate Workers, Smiths, Moulders and Related Occupations

Metal plate workers, smiths, moulders and related occupations mark off, drill, shape, position, rivet and seal metal plates and girders to form structures and frameworks operate power hammers and presses to shape heated metal to requirements and to make and repair a variety of metal articles and make moulds and cores for casting metal and pour or inject molten metal into dies.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £20987. Normal pay is £31206 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £47602.



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

Daily Tasks

  • Scoops molten metal from furnace into die or die casting machine.
  • Fits and secures horses shoes.
  • Tempers and hardens forged pieces, as required, by quenching in oil or water.
  • Uses forging tools to shape and cut metal and bends or shapes metal by hand forging methods using hammers, punches, drifts and other hand tools.
  • Operates press or hammer and repositions workpiece between strokes.
  • Heats metal for forging and positions heated metal on anvil or other work surface.
  • Seals seams with caulking compound, smooths welds, fixes metal doors, metal collars, portholes, tank and hatch covers and performs other metal plate finishing tasks using a variety of hand and power tools.
  • Creates mould units out of sand, loam or plaster by hand or machine and fits cores into mould to form hollow parts in casting.
  • Uses hydraulic jacks to position and align metal platework or frame for welding and bolting and rivets together metal plate and girders.
  • Uses machine tools to bend, curve, punch, drill and straighten metal plate as required.
  • Marks out metal plate with guidelines and reference points and cuts metal plate using hand or machine tools.
  • Examines drawings and specifications 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

  • Mathematics


  • Active Listening


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Critical Thinking


  • Active Learning


  • Monitoring


  • Learning Strategies


  • Speaking


  • Writing


  • Science


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