Metal Coater Career

Job Description: Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Includes electrolytic processes.

*A job as a Metal Coater falls under the broader career category of Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic. The information on this page will generally apply to all careers in this category. We are still seeking more specific information about this career from experts in this field. If you can provide us with more information, .

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Metal Coater Career

What Metal Coaters do:

  • Inspect coated or plated areas for defects such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.
  • Maintain production records.
  • Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces.
  • Immerse objects to be coated or plated into cleaning solutions, or spray objects with conductive solutions to prepare them for plating.
  • Adjust controls to set temperatures of coating substances and speeds of machines and equipment.
  • Operate hoists to place workpieces onto machine feed carriages or spindles.
  • Position containers to receive parts, and load or unload materials in containers, using dollies or handtrucks.
  • Observe gauges to ensure that machines are operating properly, making adjustments or stopping machines when problems occur.
  • Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times.
  • Perform equipment maintenance such as cleaning tanks and lubricating moving parts of conveyors.
  • Position and feed materials into processing machines, by hand or by using automated equipment.
  • Clean and maintain equipment, using water hoses and scrapers.
  • Remove objects from solutions at periodic intervals and observe objects to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Test machinery to ensure that it is operating properly.
  • Place plated or coated materials on racks and transfer them to ovens to dry for specified periods of time.
  • Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals to control plating processes.
  • Examine completed objects to determine thicknesses of metal deposits, or measure thicknesses by using instruments such as micrometers.
  • Read production schedules to determine setups of equipment and machines.
  • Mix and test solutions, and turn valves to fill tanks with solutions.
  • Rinse coated objects in cleansing liquids and dry them with cloths, centrifugal driers, or by tumbling in sawdust-filled barrels.
  • Replace worn parts and adjust equipment components, using hand tools.
  • Determine sizes and compositions of objects to be plated, and amounts of electrical current and time required.
  • Suspend objects such as parts or molds from cathode rods, or negative terminals, and immerse objects in plating solutions.
  • Clean workpieces, using wire brushes.
  • Monitor and measure thicknesses of electroplating on component parts to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers.
  • Remove excess materials or impurities from objects, using air hoses or grinding machines.
  • Plate small objects such as nuts or bolts, using motor-driven barrels.
  • Measure or weigh materials, using rulers, calculators, and scales.
  • Position objects to be plated in frames, or suspend them from positive or negative terminals of power supplies.
  • Suspend sticks or pieces of plating metal from anodes, or positive terminals, and immerse metal in plating solutions.
  • Measure, mark, and mask areas to be excluded from plating.
  • Operate sandblasting equipment to roughen and clean surfaces of workpieces.
  • Measure and set stops, rolls, brushes, and guides on automatic feeders and conveying equipment or coating machines, using micrometers, rules, and hand tools.
  • Attach nozzles, position guns, connect hoses, and thread wire to set up metal-spraying machines.
  • Preheat workpieces in ovens.
  • Charge furnaces.
  • Install gears and holding devices on conveyor equipment.
  • Cut metal or other materials, using shears or band saws.
  • Spray coating in specified patterns according to instructions.

What work activities are most important?

Importance Activities

Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Holland Code Chart for a Metal Coater

 

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