Smith or forge worker
- 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
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for smith or forge worker is £20,651
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.
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.