Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4193.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
36,100 employed

Projected (2024):
29,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate 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
  • Coating Machine Operator
  • Component Prep Operator
  • Copper Plater
  • Corrosion Prevention Metal Sprayer
  • Custom Applicator
  • 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
  • Electroplating Technician
  • Electroplating Worker
  • 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
  • Metal Wire Technician
  • 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
  • Oxidized Finish Plater
  • Pasting Machine Operator
  • Plastics Plater
  • Plastics Spreading Machine Operator
  • Plate Former
  • Plater
  • Plater Apprentice
  • Plating Equipment Operator
  • Plating Equipment Tender
  • Plating Machine Operator
  • Plating Tank Operator
  • Plating Technician
  • Primer Waterproofing Machine Operator
  • Printed Circuit Board Panels Electroless Plater
  • Printed Circuit Board Panels Plater
  • Printed Circuit Boards Solder-Leveler
  • Production Plater
  • Racker / Unracker
  • Semiconductor Wafers and Components Plater
  • Shell Plater
  • Silver Plater
  • Silver Spray Worker
  • Silvering Applicator
  • Spray Machine Tender
  • Sprayer Operator
  • Tank Person
  • Tin Plater
  • Tin Pot Operator
  • Tinning Equipment Tender
  • Tube Coater
  • Vacuum Applicator Operator
  • Vacuum Metalizer Operator
  • Welding Rod Coater
  • Zinc Plater
  • Zinc Plating Machine Operator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • 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, making adjustments or stopping 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, or positive terminals, and immerse metal in plating solutions.
  • Monitor and measure thicknesses of electroplating on component parts to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers.
  • Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals to control plating processes.
  • Rinse coated objects in cleansing liquids and 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, or 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 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bake ovens
  • Chain hoists
  • Digital ammeters
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital levels
  • Digital micrometers
  • Fixed workshop cranes
  • Floor jacks
  • Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Monorail conveyer systems
  • Pallet jacks
  • Plating tank
  • Sand blasters
  • Spin dryers
  • Thermo galvanometers
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Hazardous materials management HMS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Advanced Procurement

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220