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Smith or forge worker

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.

Tasks

  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 16% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£20,651

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for smith or forge worker is £20,651

243 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 243. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for smith or forge worker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,651 per year. That is about £1,721 per month or £10.59 per hour. New workers generally start on £17,440, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £33,377

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 243 people are employed in the region.

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