Occupation information for Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Washington

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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.

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Currently Employed: 440

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.68 - $23.65

Typical Annual Salary: $36,780 - $49,190

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: No work experience

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

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typical job duties
  • Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times.
  • Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals to control plating processes.
  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects, such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.
  • Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces.
  • Observe gauges to ensure that machines are operating properly, making adjustments or stopping machines when problems occur.
  • Remove objects from solutions at periodic intervals and observe objects to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Maintain production records.
  • Remove excess materials or impurities from objects, using air hoses or grinding machines.
  • 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.
tools & technology
Tools:
  • Air dryers
  • Ammeters
  • Calipers
  • Conveyor system
  • Forklifts

Technology:
  • Compliance software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Procurement software
  • Spreadsheet software