Scrap metal worker Scrap yard worker, scrap burner, scrap dealer
Scrap metal workers weigh, sort and grade scrap metal ready for recycling, disposal or resale.
1. Entry requirementsThere are no set entry requirements, but you’ll need basic maths for working out buying and selling prices.
For some jobs you’ll need to have a forklift licence. You may also need a welding qualification for cutting down longer lengths of metal, like railway lines and girders.
2. Skills required
- practical skills to operate machinery
- number skills
- teamworking skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- weighing scrap metal on a weigh bridge or platform
- sorting and grading scrap
- recording details and filling in paperwork
- working out payments for customers
- cutting up large items by hand, using welding equipment
- operating machinery to crush, shred or burn scrap
- moving scrap bales to storage areas with a crane or forklift truck
- loading lorries to take away scrap
- collecting scrap items from customers and making deliveries
Starter: £14,500 to £17,000
Experienced: £18,000 to £20,000
Highly Experienced: £22,000 (yard supervisor)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week. Casual work is often available.
The work can be physically demanding and you’ll be outside in all weathers.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience you could become a yard manager or set up your own scrap metal or recycling business.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018