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Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

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

    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.
    • Select precut fiberglass mats, cloth, and wood-bracing materials as required by projects being assembled.
    • 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.
    • Mix catalysts into resins, and saturate cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
    • 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.
    • Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
    • 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.
    • Mask off mold areas not to be laminated, using cellophane, wax paper, masking tape, or special sprays containing mold-release substances.
    • Apply lacquers and waxes to mold surfaces to facilitate assembly and removal of laminated parts.
    • 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.
    • Inspect, clean, and assemble molds before beginning work.
    • Trim excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
    • Repair or modify damaged or defective glass-fiber parts, checking thicknesses, densities, and contours to ensure a close fit after repair.
    • Cure materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Operation Monitoring

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

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Trunk Strength

      The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

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

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $34,620/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.65/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Utility knives
    • Paint systems ovens
    • Paint sprayers
    • Feed or drive rollers
    • Bending machines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.