Plater/Fabricator Careers

How to become Plater/Fabricator

What does a Plater/Fabricator do?

Plater/Fabricators work mainly in heavy engineering and construction, making ships, tanks, oil refineries, power stations, large storage vessels and oil rigs for example. The metal plate that they use is large and heavy. The job involves guiding cranes and hoists and fixing the plate to them, using both computer-controlled and hand-controlled machines, marking lines on plates for cutting, working to drawings prepared by technicians and operating rollers and pressers. Some Platers assemble cut pieces of metal using temporary welds, blocks and clamps.

What's the working environment like working as a Plater/Fabricator?

Platers/Fabricators work a standard week, but overtime is often available. They work in large workshops or on construction sites outdoors in all weather conditions. The environment is noisy and hot. Protective clothing such as gloves, goggles and visors have to be worn.

What does it take to become a Plater/Fabricator?

Platers usually work in teams. They need good hand and eye co-ordination, the ability to work machines accurately, to read working drawings, and be able to visualise shapes before finished assembly. Colour coding is often used to mark plates, so good colour vision is important, as is a head for heights.

Plater/Fabricator Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Plater/Fabricator that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The Engineering Careers Information Service (ECIS)*
14 Upton Road
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0800 282167

Scottish Engineering
West George Street
G2 1QL
Tel: 0141 2213181

NASEC Administration Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)*
Blue Court
Church Lane
Kings Langley
Tel: 01923 260000

Marine and Engineering Training Association (META)
Rycote Place
30-38 Cambridge Street
HP20 1RS
Tel: 01296 434943

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some will continue operating for several months. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

From March 2002, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills began licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

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