Metal plate worker, or riveter

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


  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 36% 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 metal plate worker, or riveter is £24,843

108 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 108. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for metal plate worker, or riveter roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £24,843 per year. That is about £2,070 per month or £12.74 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,079, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £43,677

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, 108 people are employed in the region.

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