Metal office nameplates generally are made out of metals (stainless steel, brass, aluminium, zinc, copper) and usually contain one or two lines of text. The standard format for a metal office nameplate is to display a person’s name on the first line and a person’s job title on the second line. It is common for organizations to request nameplates that exclude the job title. The primary reasons for excluding job titles are to extend the longevity of a name plate and to promote a culture of meritocracy, where the strength of one’s thoughts are not connected to one’s job title. Metal name plates without job titles have longer lives because someone can reuse the same name plate after changing job titles. It is rare for an metal office name plate to contain three or more lines of text. Although office name plates range in size.

Expensive metal name plates can be manufactured out of bronze. To promote consistency, organizations tend to use the same style name plate for all employees. This helps to achieve a standard look. Metal office name plates are not restricted to for-profit enterprises. Many non-profit and governmental agencies have a need for name plates. For metalname plates, the names are etched into the material through a number of processes, including mechanical engraving, laser engraving, or whittling.