Coat inexpensive metals with precious gold, silver, platinum or copper.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Platers do?

Pure metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and copper are extremely expensive. Baser metals such as tin and lead are relatively cheap. The job of a Plater is to coat these cheaper metals with a thin layer of a more expensive metal. A Plater may also apply metallic coatings to plastic bases.

As a Plater, you begin the process by looking closely at the item you’re plating to make sure it has no dents or cracks. You then apply clamps to either end of the item so an electrical current can run through it, after which you place it in your plating machine. You also load the more expensive metal into the machine and turn on the current. The item is coated when you dip it into the pool of melted metal.

Afterwards, you remove the item and inspect it closely, making sure you’ve coated it properly and that the finish is even on all sides. You may use a specialized tool called a micrometer to measure the thickness of the coating you’ve applied. Then you place the item on a rack so it can dry evenly.

You clean your machine frequently to ensure that no leftover metals contaminate the next batch of coatings. If you find that your machine is consistently applying coatings in the wrong thickness, you perform a series of checks to isolate the problem, and replace worn belts, electrical connections, or sensors as needed.

You may develop a love for shiny metallic surfaces and you may be tempted to coat everything you own with the materials. In time, your friends will become accustomed to your flashy pens, lunchboxes, and thermoses.

Should I be a Plater?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Brass Plater, Bronze Plater, Cadmium Plater, Ceramic Plater, Chrome Plater, Chromium Plater, Copper Plater See More

    How to become a Plater

    Most Platers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2895%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,95,95
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