Platers are employed predominantly in the oil and gas fabrication and construction industry. They are involved in the fabrication and construction of oil and gas equipment and major production facilities.  They are responsible for fabricating and installing steelwork for offshore or drilling / well operations.  Undertake Plating duties on various onshore and offshore installations.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Works from fabrication / construction drawings to cut and shape all items required using a variety of tools and equipment, some of which require special training including flame cutting machines/ equipment
  • Cuts and prepares steelwork
  • Undertakes drilling, sawing and grinding duties
  • Sets out primary steelwork and layouts of decks for platforms
  • Maintains pipefitting equipment in a safe and usable condition, and in line with pipefitting regulations
  • Removes any items of pipefitting equipment which is deemed to be unsafe or beyond repair
  • Works in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Platers form an important part of a fabrication / construction team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. Platers are normally employed by specialist companies or construction firms who provide plating services both offshore and onshore. They may be based onshore in a workshop or construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig. By the nature of activity, much of the work is conducted outside and involves working at height and in all weathers. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Relevant Trade Apprenticeship or equivalent e.g. in fabrication or welding
  • Recognised industrial Plating qualification
  • Relevant experience as an industrial Plater
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Trades test/certification

Employers might also look for:

Experience in manual labour e.g. construction, engineering or fishing industry.