Plating Inspector

Inspect plated surfaces of metal or plastic objects.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Plating Inspectors do?

Inspects plated surfaces of metal or plastic objects visually or using chemical or electrical tests: Examines part for defects, such as uneven coating or scratches. Applies chemicals to or immerses object in test solution and observes reaction or measures dissolving time. Turns on electrical current and reads gauge to measure plating thickness. Attaches magnet to metal part and reads gauge to measure magnet pull to determine plating thickness. Compares readings with specifications and returns defective objects for rework. May test samples of electrolytic solutions.


Should I be a Plating Inspector?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Plating

    How to become a Plating Inspector

    Most Plating Inspectors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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