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Fabricator or Plater

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Fabricators or platers cut and shape heavy sheet metal. This is then used in the building of large structures such as tanks, oil rigs, power stations and the hulls of ships. (Those who work with thin sheet metal are called Sheet Metal Workers).

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

A Modern Apprentice may start on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £3.70 an hour (April 2018). Some employers may pay their apprentices more.

Pay for qualified fabricators or platers ranges from around £9 an hour up to £16 an hour, depending on experience. Bonuses and extra pay for shift work are common.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Fabricators or platers are employed by engineering and construction firms. You can find jobs advertised on the internet, such as the Universal Jobmatch website, and at your local Jobcentre Plus office.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1371
1.6 %
RISE
2023
1393
  United Kingdom
2018
15223
1.6 %
RISE
2023
15474

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

OPITO
Tel: 01224 787800
E-mail: myoilandgascareer@opito.com
Website: http://www.opito.com
Website (2): http://www.myoilandgascareer.com/
Twitter: @OPITOGlobal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OPITOglobal

OPITO provides services to the oil and gas industry relating to health and safety, education and skills training.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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Career Area

Engineering

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