Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Core Tasks Include:
- Inspect coated or plated areas for defects, such as air bubbles or uneven coverage.
- Immerse workpieces in coating solutions or liquid metal or plastic for specified times.
- 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.
- Maintain production records.
- Remove objects from solutions at periodic intervals and observe objects to verify conformance to specifications.
- Observe gauges to ensure that machines are operating properly, making adjustments or stopping machines when problems occur.
- Adjust dials to regulate flow of current and voltage supplied to terminals to control plating processes.
- Rinse coated objects in cleansing liquids and dry them with cloths, centrifugal driers, or by tumbling in sawdust-filled barrels.
- Examine completed objects to determine thicknesses of metal deposits, or measure thicknesses by using instruments such as micrometers.
- Remove excess materials or impurities from objects, using air hoses or grinding machines.
Supplemental Tasks Include:
- Immerse objects to be coated or plated into cleaning solutions, or spray objects with conductive solutions to prepare them for plating.
- Position and feed materials into processing machines, by hand or by using automated equipment.
- Test machinery to ensure that it is operating properly.
- Operate hoists to place workpieces onto machine feed carriages or spindles.
- Adjust controls to set temperatures of coating substances and speeds of machines and equipment.
- Position containers to receive parts, and load or unload materials in containers, using dollies or handtrucks.
- Perform equipment maintenance, such as cleaning tanks and lubricating moving parts of conveyors.
- Clean and maintain equipment, using water hoses and scrapers.
- Determine sizes and compositions of objects to be plated, and amounts of electrical current and time required.
- Suspend sticks or pieces of plating metal from anodes, or positive terminals, and immerse metal in plating solutions.
- Monitor and measure thicknesses of electroplating on component parts to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers.
- Measure or weigh materials, using rulers, calculators, and scales.
- Suspend objects, such as parts or molds from cathode rods, or negative terminals, and immerse objects in plating solutions.
- Measure, mark, and mask areas to be excluded from plating.
- Mix and test solutions, and turn valves to fill tanks with solutions.
- Place plated or coated materials on racks and transfer them to ovens to dry for specified periods of time.
- Plate small objects, such as nuts or bolts, using motor-driven barrels.
- Read production schedules to determine setups of equipment and machines.
- Spray coating in specified patterns according to instructions.
- Position objects to be plated in frames, or suspend them from positive or negative terminals of power supplies.
- Measure and set stops, rolls, brushes, and guides on automatic feeders and conveying equipment or coating machines, using micrometers, rules, and hand tools.
- Preheat workpieces in ovens.
- Replace worn parts and adjust equipment components, using hand tools.
- Attach nozzles, position guns, connect hoses, and thread wire to set up metal-spraying machines.
- Clean workpieces, using wire brushes.
- Install gears and holding devices on conveyor equipment.
- Operate sandblasting equipment to roughen and clean surfaces of workpieces.
- Cut metal or other materials, using shears or band saws.
The data sources for the information displayed here include: O*NET™. (Using onet26)