Smiths and Forge Workers

Smiths and forge workers operate or direct the operation of power hammers and presses to shape heated metal to requirements and to make and repair a variety of metal articles by heating, hammering and bending.


New workers
£ 9,114
£ 14,592
£ 22,017

Available jobs

In the past year there were 1,861 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Fits and secures horses shoes.

  • Tempers and hardens forged pieces, as required, by quenching in oil or water.

  • Bends or shapes metal by hand forging methods using hammers, punches, drifts and other hand tools.

  • Uses special forging tools to shape and cut metal as required.

  • Operates or directs operation of press or hammer and repositions workpiece between strokes.

  • Positions or directs the positioning of heated metal on anvil or other work surface.

  • Heats or supervises the heating in furnace of metal to be forged.

  • Reads and interprets order or blueprint to determine operational requirements.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Furnaces

  • Grinding Machine

  • Hand Tools

  • Housekeeping

  • Grinding

  • Deburring

  • Machinery

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Apache Pig

  • Engineering Drawings

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communications

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Self-Motivation

  • Operations

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • Teamwork

  • Leadership

  • Time Management

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.