A plater will work onshore and offshore cutting and preparing steelwork to precise drawings using different cutting tools. You must ensure you work within tightly controlled health and safety procedures sometimes from the confined spaces of a pressurised habitat which is an air-tight tent, removing the risk of sparks causing an explosion.

You will form an important part of a team of people who will ensure pipework and structures are fabricated correctly and installed properly.

Salary and Progression

Salaries start from around £20,000 but with experience you could earn £25,000 or more and hope to move up to supervisor or quality control positions.

Training and Experience Requirements

People applying for these roles will be expected to carry a relevant apprenticeship or HND with experience in manual labour roles, particularly engineering and construction.

In addition, to work offshore, you will require valid basic offshore certificates including:

  • MIST
  • CA-EBS
  • Shoulder Measurements
  • Offshore Medical

It is likely that an employer will ask for other certificates too. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts to identify commonly requested training requirements.