Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Description

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. Includes electrolytic processes.

Tasks

  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.
  • Immerse objects to be coated or plated into cleaning solutions, or spray objects with conductive solutions to prepare them for plating.
  • Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times.
  • 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.
  • Position and feed materials into processing machines, by hand or by using automated equipment.
  • Test machinery to ensure that it is operating properly.
  • Operate hoists to place workpieces onto machine feed carriages or spindles.
  • Maintain production records.
  • Adjust controls to set temperatures of coating substances and speeds of machines and equipment.
  • Remove objects from solutions at periodic intervals and observe objects to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Observe gauges to ensure that machines are operating properly; make adjustments or stop machines when problems occur.
  • Position containers to receive parts, and load or unload materials in containers, using dollies or handtrucks.
  • Perform equipment maintenance such as cleaning tanks and lubricating moving parts of conveyors.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, using water hoses and scrapers.
  • Determine sizes and compositions of objects to be plated, and amounts of electrical current and time required.
  • Suspend sticks or pieces of plating metal from anodes (positive terminals) and immerse metal in plating solutions.
  • Monitor and measure thicknesses of electroplating on component parts in order to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers.
  • Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals in order to control plating processes.
  • Rinse coated objects in cleansing liquids; then dry them with cloths, centrifugal driers, or by tumbling in sawdust-filled barrels.
  • Examine completed objects to determine thicknesses of metal deposits, or measure thicknesses by using instruments such as micrometers.
  • Measure or weigh materials, using rulers, calculators, and scales.
  • Suspend objects such as parts or molds from cathode rods (negative terminals), and immerse objects in plating solutions.
  • Measure, mark, and mask areas to be excluded from plating.
  • Mix and test solutions, and turn valves to fill tanks with solutions.
  • Place plated or coated materials on racks and transfer them to ovens to dry for specified periods of time.
  • Plate small objects such as nuts or bolts, using motor-driven barrels.
  • Read production schedules to determine setups of equipment and machines.
  • Spray coating in specified patterns according to instructions.
  • Position objects to be plated in frames, or suspend them from positive or negative terminals of power supplies.
  • Measure and set stops, rolls, brushes, and guides on automatic feeders and conveying equipment or coating machines, using micrometers, rules, and hand tools.
  • Preheat workpieces in ovens.
  • Replace worn parts and adjust equipment components, using hand tools.
  • Attach nozzles, position guns, connect hoses, and thread wire in order to set up metal-spraying machines.
  • Remove excess materials or impurities from objects, using air hoses or grinding machines.
  • Clean workpieces, using wire brushes.
  • Install gears and holding devices on conveyor equipment.
  • Operate sandblasting equipment to roughen and clean surfaces of workpieces.
  • Cut metal or other materials, using shears or band saws.
  • Charge furnaces.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Skills

Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Lay Titles

Alodize Machine Operator
Anode Machine Operator
Anodic Operator
Anodic Treater
Anodize Machine Operator
Anodizer
Anodizing Line Operator
Apprentice, Plater, Metal
Automatic Metal Spraying Machine Operator
Barrel Plater
Black Oxide Coating Equipment Tender
Bronze Plater
Browning Processor
Bullet Lubricating Machine Operator
Carbon Paper Coating Machine Setter
Ceramic Coater
Chrome Plater
Chrome Worker
Chromium Plater
Coater
Coater Associate
Coater Operator
Coating and Baking Operator
Copper Plater
Corrosion Prevention Metal Sprayer
Electric Plater
Electro Plater
Electroformer
Electrogalvanizing Machine Operator
Electroless Plater
Electrolytic Plating/Coating Machine Operator/Tender
Electrolytic Plating/Coating Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator
Electroplater
Etcher
Galvanizer
Galvanizing Pot Runner
Gettering Filament Machine Operator
Gold Plater
Hard Chrome Plater
Hoist Operator
Hot Dip Galvanizer
Hot Dip Plater
Impregnation Operator
Impregnator
Jewelry Coater
Lacquer Dipping Machine Operator
Lacquerer
Line Operator
Lock Plater
Lubricating Machine Tender
Machine Ceramic Coater
Machine Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Matrix Bath Attendant
Matrix Bath Operator
Matrix Plater
Matrix Worker
Metal and Plastic Nonelectrolytic Plating and Coating Machine Operator/Tender
Metal Coater
Metal Coater Operator
Metal Plater
Metal Sprayer
Metal Spraying Machine Operator
Metal Wire Coating Operator
Metalizer
Metalizing Machine Operator
Nail Cell Technician
Nail Galvanizer
Nail Machine Operator
Nickel Plater
Non-Nickel Plater
Nonelectrolytic Plating and Coating Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator, Metal and Plastic
Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$14.29 hourly, $29,720 annual.
Employment (2008):
34,420 employees