Metal plate worker, or riveter
- 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
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 122. 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 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 £18,476, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,955
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, 122 people are employed in the region.