Electroplaters control plating processes and maintain solutions used to coat metal articles and other parts with non-ferrous metals.

Specialisations: Anodiser, Electroformer, Galvaniser.

You can work as an Electroplater without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in engineering - fabrication trade might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Selects metal stock for job requirements.
  • Heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses.
  • Tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air.
  • Prepares electrolytic and silver solutions for electroforming and planting solution to the objects to be coated.
  • Sets and adjusts controls to regulate electric current and depositing of coating on objects.

All Metal Casting, Forging & Finishing Trades

  • $2,020 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Electroplaters

  • 520 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electroplaters (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 380 in 2011 to 520 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Electroplaters work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Financial and Insurance Services; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing85.9
Financial and Insurance Services6.3
Other Services2.7
Construction2.5
Other Industries2.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectroplatersAll Jobs Average
NSW24.631.6
VIC25.725.6
QLD16.220.0
SA8.77.0
WA22.110.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.61.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectroplatersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.05.0
20-245.4-9.39.3
25-3417.6-22.922.9
35-4429.5-22.022.0
45-5428.3-21.621.6
55-597.6-9.09.0
60-646.6-6.06.0
65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationElectroplatersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV33.7-21.121.1
Year 1220.2-18.118.1
Year 119.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below23.2-12.512.5

You can work as an Electroplater without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in engineering - fabrication trade might be helpful.

Thinking about study or training?

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and Processing

    72% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  2. Education and Training

    53% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Chemistry

    48% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  5. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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  1. Time Pressure

    99% Important

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  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    96% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Exposed to Contaminants

    94% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    91% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4193.00 - Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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