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Metal making or treating process operative

Metal making and treating process operatives operate furnaces, ovens and other heating vessels, drawing, rolling, extruding, galvanising, forging and other metal processing equipment to smelt, shape and treat metal and metal products.

Tasks

  • Operates piercing, extruding, pressing and other metal processing equipment to shape and treat metal or metal articles.
  • Heats metal or metal articles in furnace, allows to cool for a specified time or quenches in brine, oil or water to harden, reduces brittleness and restores ductility.
  • Operates equipment to remove dirt, scale and other surface impurities by immersion in chemical solution.
  • Sets rolling speed, tension and space between rolls, guides the metal to and from rollers, and monitors the rolling process to detect irregularities, and ensure that the gauge and finish match required specifications.
  • Withdraws samples of molten metal for analysis, taps slag from surface of molten metal and directs flow of molten metal into casts.
  • Charges furnace, operates controls to regulate furnace temperature, and adds oxidising, alloying and fluxing agents as required.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 21% 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

£20,924

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for metal making or treating process operative is £20,924

230 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 230. 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 metal making or treating process operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,924 per year. That is about £1,744 per month or £10.73 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,505, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £50,617

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, 230 people are employed in the region.

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