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Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Release air bubbles and smooth seams, using rollers.
    • Spray chopped fiberglass, resins, and catalysts onto prepared molds or dies using pneumatic spray guns with chopper attachments.
    • Apply layers of plastic resin to mold surfaces prior to placement of fiberglass mats, repeating layers until products have the desired thicknesses and plastics have jelled.
    • Mix catalysts into resins, and saturate cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
    • Check completed products for conformance to specifications and for defects by measuring with rulers or micrometers, by checking them visually, or by tapping them to detect bubbles or dead spots.
    • Inspect, clean, and assemble molds before beginning work.
    • Pat or press layers of saturated mat or cloth into place on molds, using brushes or hands, and smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles with hands or squeegees.
    • Select precut fiberglass mats, cloth, and wood-bracing materials as required by projects being assembled.
    • Cure materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.
    • Apply lacquers and waxes to mold surfaces to facilitate assembly and removal of laminated parts.
    • Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
    • Repair or modify damaged or defective glass-fiber parts, checking thicknesses, densities, and contours to ensure a close fit after repair.
    • Check all dies, templates, and cutout patterns to be used in the manufacturing process to ensure that they conform to dimensional data, photographs, blueprints, samples, or customer specifications.
    • Trim excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
    • Trim cured materials by sawing them with diamond-impregnated cutoff wheels.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 32190/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.48/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

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    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Initiative
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Paint sprayers
    • Laboratory heaters
    • Glass vacuum moldings
    • Feed or drive rollers
    • Bending machines

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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