Zincator - Salary and Career
Metal and composite (thermochemical) surface treatment workers

Zincator - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They treat surfaces of metallic and non-metallic parts or synthetic material by mechanical processes, pickling, painting, phosphating, galvanizing by chrome plating, nickel plating, zinc plating and others, to protect the parts against corrosion or to give them a technical or decorative finish. Maintenance of electroplating and anodizing baths. They work following safety, hygiene, quality and environmental standards.

How much does an Zincator earn

A Zincator earns between $1.336 and $3.026 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.735 and a median salary of $1.650 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 731 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Zincator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.735 20.816 434 8
1º Quartile 1.336 16.036 334 6
Median Salary 1.650 19.800 413 8
3º Quartile 2.308 27.691 577 11
Higher Salary 3.026 36.310 756 14


Professional job categories

  • Workers in the production of industrial goods and services
    • metal and composite transformation workers
      • metal and composite heat treatment and surface workers
        • metal and composite (thermochemical) surface treatment workers

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Main workplaces

Metal and composite (thermochemical) surface treatment workers they work mainly in the metal-mechanic, electronics and civil construction industries as registered employees. Currently, it has been more common to develop their activities in production cells together with other professionals, performing multifunction, under permanent supervision. They can work in uncomfortable positions for long periods as well as being exposed to toxic materials, loud noise, moisture and dust.


What does it take to work in the field of Metal and composite (thermochemical) surface treatment workers

For the exercise of these occupations, completed elementary education and a basic professional qualification course with up to two hundred class hours are required. The full exercise of activities takes between three and four years of professional experience.


Functions and activities of Zincator

Metal and composite (thermochemical) surface treatment workers must:

  • phosphate metal surfaces;
  • stripping metal and non-metallic surfaces;
  • prepare surfaces by mechanical process;
  • perform work according to safety norms;
  • perform work according to safety standards;
  • stripping metallic and non-metallic surfaces;
  • galvanize parts;
  • peeling metal and non-metallic surfaces;
  • perform work according to safety rules;
  • etch metal and non-metallic surfaces;
  • perform bath maintenance;
  • phosphating metal surfaces;
  • perform work according to safety regulations;
  • strip metal and non-metallic surfaces;
  • paint surfaces;
  • demonstrate personal skills;

  • Activities

    • visually inspect the quality of parts;
    • neutralize in alkaline and acid solution;
    • act with empathy;
    • perform the drying of the parts;
    • placing parts in hooks, buckets and drums;
    • reposition parts in the hook;
    • control bath temperature;
    • interpret safety regulations;
    • work as a team;
    • oxidize non-ferrous materials to black;
    • control parts finish;
    • practice environmental preservation procedures;
    • stripping parts;
    • correct hydrogenic potential (ph);
    • select paint;
    • interpret safety rules;
    • control rectifier voltage and amperage;
    • record process parameters;
    • perform personal and collective hygiene procedures;
    • prepare pistol and cannon;
    • operate collective protection equipment (fire extinguishers, exhaust fans);
    • degreasing parts;
    • control the finishing of the parts;
    • have a tactile and visual sense;
    • interpret work instructions;
    • protect phosphate layer with antioxidant;
    • select abrasives;
    • facing emergency situations;
    • enable part surfaces;
    • act with empathy;
    • anodize parts;
    • commit to product quality;
    • passivate part surfaces;
    • regular operating time;
    • mount material on roller holders (wires, tapes etc) continuous process;
    • perform passivation (chromatization);
    • control the amount of charge in the container;
    • adjust pressure and tension;
    • hot phosphating;
    • correct hydrogenion potential (ph);
    • clean busbars, hooks and electrical contacts;
    • protect painted parts from surface damage;
    • cold phosphating;
    • prepare paint;
    • dry parts;
    • inspect bath conditions;
    • follow work schedule;
    • wash parts;
    • correct physical condition of the anodes;
    • correct physical condition of anodes;
    • protect parts against oxidation;
    • manually operate production line;
    • applying a lubricating layer for stamping and drawing;
    • activate in acidic solution;
    • act with a critical sense;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • add brightening additives;
    • calibrate electronic measuring instruments;
    • adjust the liquid level of the baths;
    • provide first aid;
    • regular ink curing process;
    • select parts as programmed;
    • focus on work;
    • control load;
    • perform bath treatment and filtration;
    • perform chemical and electrolytic baths;
    • work as a team;
    • keep a clean and organized workplace;
    • unload parts;
    • check cathode conditions (rotating system);
    • acting responsibly;
    • oxidize ferrous materials to black;
    • clean equipment;
    • disseminate knowledge;
    • hot galvanize;
    • control deposited layer with instrument;
    • stainless steel electropolishing;
    • assume leadership in teamwork;
    • regular mat;
    • control bath temperature;
    • control the thickness and adhesion of the paint;
    • automatically operate production line;
    • correct chemical conditions of salts and additives;
    • control bath time;


    Sectors that hire Zincator the most in the job market

    • metal treatment and coating services
    • machining, turning and welding services
    • manufacture of machinery and equipment for agriculture and livestock, parts and accessories
    • manufacture of other metal products
    • manufacture of metal goods for household and personal use
    • manufacture of other parts and accessories for motor vehicles
    • recovery of metallic materials
    • manufacture of transport equipment
    • manufacture of agricultural irrigation equipment, parts and accessories
    • manufacture of standard drawn metal products




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