Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
SOC: 51-2091.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
19,200 employed

Projected (2024):
18,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Boat Assembler
  • Boat Builder
  • Boat Carpenter
  • Chopper Gun Operator
  • Composite Bond Technician
  • Composite Mechanic
  • Composite Technician
  • Fiberglass Boat Builder
  • Fiberglass Boat Finisher
  • Fiberglass Boat Maker
  • Fiberglass Container Winding Operator
  • Fiberglass Fabricator
  • Fiberglass Finisher
  • Fiberglass Grinder
  • Fiberglass Laminator
  • Fiberglass Luggage Molder
  • Fiberglass Machine Operator
  • Fiberglass Roller
  • Fiberglass Ski Maker
  • Fiberglasser
  • Foam Tank Laminator
  • Gel-Coater
  • Golf Cart Assembler
  • Golf Cart Maker
  • Hull Line Crew Member
  • Laborer
  • Lamination Builder
  • Lamination Operator
  • Lamination Technician
  • Laminator
  • Pre-Fabricator
  • Roller
  • Ski Maker
  • Winding Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 cured materials by sawing them with diamond-impregnated cutoff wheels.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Chopper guns
  • Curing ovens
  • Cutoff saws
  • Fiber reinforced polymer FRP rollers
  • Hand shears
  • Heat lamps
  • High-volume low-pressure HVLP spray guns
  • Ladders
  • Micrometers
  • Paint application brushes
  • Paint application rollers
  • Paint spray guns
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic spray guns
  • Power drills
  • Power drivers
  • Power grinders
  • Power sanders
  • Pressure-fed roller applicators
  • Respirators
  • Rotating mandrels
  • Rulers
  • Scaffolding
  • Squeegees
  • Trimming knives
  • Vacuum bags
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Data entry software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220