Aircraft Electroplater

An Aircraft Electroplater is responsible for electroplating metal parts and components for aircraft. They work in manufacturing, repair, or maintenance facilities, and ensure that all parts meet the required safety and quality standards. Aircraft Electroplaters use various chemicals, solutions, and equipment to apply coatings and finishes to metal parts, protect them from corrosion, and improve their durability.


  • Prepare metal parts for electroplating by cleaning and polishing them.
  • Apply coatings of metal, nickel, and other finishes to parts using specialized equipment.
  • Control the thickness and consistency of the coating to meet required specifications.
  • Monitor and maintain the electroplating equipment and chemicals.
  • Inspect finished parts for quality and compliance with safety standards.
  • Follow safety procedures and regulations, including wearing protective equipment.


  • Knowledge of electroplating processes, chemicals, and equipment.
  • Understanding of materials properties and their reaction to different types of coatings.
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings, blueprints, and specifications.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in measuring and monitoring processes.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Personal Requirements

Aircraft Electroplaters should be detail oriented, patient, and persistent in achieving their goals. They should be able to work effectively under pressure and in a fast-paced environment. They should also have a strong sense of responsibility and be committed to maintaining high quality standards.

Aircraft Electroplaters play an important role in ensuring the safety and reliability of aircraft. They must be knowledgeable about the electroplating process and chemicals, have a strong attention to detail, and be committed to quality and safety. With the right training and qualifications, a career as an Aircraft Electroplater can be both challenging and rewarding.

How to Enter

Aircraft Electroplaters typically need a National Senior Certificate (Matric) or equivalent. Some vocational or technical training in electroplating, chemistry, or materials science may be required. Employers may also require previous experience in the field, or offer on-the-job training. Certifications in electroplating, such as those offered by the South African Metal Finishing Association (SAMFA), may be an asset. 

Further Information

South African Metal Finishing Association (SAMFA)

Tel: 021 761 8537

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