Metal Plate Workers, and Riveters

Metal plate workers and riveters mark off, drill, shape, position, rivet and seal metal plates and girders to form structures and frameworks.


New workers
£ 20,796
£ 32,955
£ 49,937

Available jobs

In the past year there were 5,845 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?

  • Seals seams with caulking compound, smoothes welds, fixes metal doors, metal collars, portholes, tank and hatch covers and performs other metal plate finishing tasks using a variety of hand and power tools.

  • Selects suitable rivets and rivets together metal plates and girders.

  • Uses hydraulic jacks to position and align metal platework or frame for welding and bolting.

  • Uses machine tools to bend, curve, punch, drill and straighten metal plate as required.

  • Cuts metal plate to markings using hand or machine tools.

  • Examines drawings and specifications and uses rules, scribes and punches to mark out metal plate with guidelines and reference points.

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.

  • Boilers

  • Heating Systems

  • Subcontracting

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Soldering

  • Materials Transport

  • Stock Control

  • Hydraulics

  • Valves (Piping)

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.

  • Customer Service

  • Communications

  • Operations

  • Problem Solving

  • Management

  • Investigation

  • Computer Literacy

  • Leadership

  • Mathematics

  • Calmness Under Pressure

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.