My guess is that he is missing the integrated circuit required to process stuff. Its recipe is just an electronic circuit in the crafting grid. Use a screwdriver in the crafting grid with it to config it to 1 (1 = 1 ingot -> 1 plate recipes, see NEI).
For those who wonder how to differentiate circuit kinds, the basic circuit look like a standard ic2 basic circuit, whereas the integrated circuit to configure, for use in machine slot is checkered black purple.
You can't miss the screwdriver with its color matching checkered texture.