Metal surface finishers work in metal fabrication and engineering production operations. They finish metal products by cleaning, polishing, filing or bathing them in acid solutions. They also apply protective and decorative coatings.
Duties & Tasks
Metal surface finishers may perform the following tasks:coat metal articles and parts with a layer of decorative or protective metal such as copper, silver, nickel or chromium
prepare and maintain plating solutions
clean and prepare metal surfaces with cleaning solutions, such as acids or alkalis, or by using blasting cabinets
apply waxes, lacquers or resistant adhesive tapes to areas not to be plated
dip parts in plating solutions or use selective brush plating
use electroplating equipment, setting and adjusting controls to achieve the desired thickness of plating.
Metal surface finishers work in production areas that can be noisy, hot, dusty and may contain fumes. However, the work environment is generally spacious, well ventilated and well lit. They may have to spend long periods standing and are sometimes required to work shifts.
enjoy practical and manual activities
enjoy technical activities
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
able to work independently and as part of a team
able to work accurately
good with numbers
free from allergies to paint, solvents or dusts.