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Metal Plate Workers, and Riveters

Metal plate workers and riveters mark off, drill, shape, position, rivet and seal metal plates and girders to form structures and frameworks.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £19019. Normal pay is £30452 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £45947.



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

Daily Tasks

  • Seals seams with caulking compound, smoothes 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.
  • Selects suitable rivets and rivets together metal plates and girders.
  • Uses hydraulic jacks to position and align metal platework or frame for welding and bolting.
  • Uses machine tools to bend, curve, punch, drill and straighten metal plate as required.
  • Cuts metal plate to markings using hand or machine tools.
  • Examines drawings and specifications and uses rules, scribes and punches to mark out metal plate with guidelines and reference points.

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


  • Science


  • Writing


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