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An Electro-Plater Program teaches students how to control plating equipment which deposits metal covering on metallic objects. An electro plater is concerned with finishing the surfaces of metal components and parts. Before being electroplated, the surface needs to be ground and degreased. The part is then placed in one of various metallic salt solutions, where a direct current ensures that it acquires whatever protective layer is required.

Zinc, tin, copper, nickel, chrome, silver, even gold: the electroplater can provide whatever coating is desired. It's a complex process, though, and one that demands patience, a good overall command of the situation, and the ability to respond quickly in the event of any irregularity.

An electro plater is a metals specialist, too; and they must also be capable of casting a critical eye over their own work. All of which makes electroplating a demanding but highly interesting profession.


Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Wage: $32,000
10 Year Growth Rate: -12.2%
Self Employed: 0.1%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
Employed Part Time: 1.6%

Education Requirements:
Moderate-term on-the-job training