With National Apprenticeship Week upon us, we wanted to shed some light on what it’s like to be a CityFibre apprentice....
- Practical work applying protective metal coatings to different objects
- You'll be working with hazardous chemicals so will need concentration and attention to detail
- Opportunities to progress into production management or supervisory roles
Your day-to-day duties could include setting up equipment sensors like temperature controls, loading uncoated items into cleansing baths to clear impurities, sealing off areas which don't require coating, dipping or brushing products with chemical solutions, monitoring the electroplating process, carrying out basic quality checks, transferring newly coated items to drying tanks, moving the products to finishing and storage areas, and reporting problems in the production process to supervisors.//=nl2br( $texts['main'] )?> //=$texts['hidden'];?>
- Setting up equipment sensors like temperature controls
- Loading uncoated items into cleansing baths to clear impurities
- Sealing off areas which don't require coating
- Dipping or brushing products with chemical solutions
- Monitoring the electroplating process
- Carrying out basic quality checks
- Transferring newly coated items to drying tanks
- Moving the products to finishing and storage areas
- Reporting problems in the production process to supervisors
You'll be based in a production plant or engineering workshop. You'll be working with hazardous chemicals, but your employer will give you protective safety equipment.
To become an electroplater, you'll need the ability to follow instructions and high attention to detail.
There are no set entry requirements however, but experience in engineering or manufacturing would also be useful.
You may need a forklift licence for some jobs.
You could get into this job through a metals processing or engineering apprenticeship.
With experience, you could become a shift supervisor. You could also move into quality control, or machinery maintenance after completing a course in engineering.