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Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
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Description: what do they do?
Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.
Also known as:
Gel-Coater, Boat Builder, Lamination Technician, Chopper Gun Operator, Roller, Fiberglasser, Boat Carpenter, Laminator, Fiberglass Technician, Fiberglass Laminator

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    Transcript: These days almost any product you buy at a store had its finishing touches put on by an assembler. Assemblers and fabricators construct finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make a wide variety of products, in many different settings. Assemblers and fabricators typically specialize. For example: Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles. Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers use bolts, rivets and soldering equipment to build parts of products like motors, computers, and sensing equipment that require the soft touch and fine motor skills of human hands. Fiberglass laminators and fabricators apply layers of fiberglass on molds to form structures for boats, cars, and other products. They wear respirators and protective clothing for safety. Most assemblers and fabricators work in manufacturing plants, where difficult tasks may be automated or aided by power tools. However, assembly work can still involve long periods of standing, sitting, or working on ladders. While some jobs involve exposure to chemicals or fumes… ventilation systems generally minimize harmful effects. Although a high school diploma or equivalent and on-the-job training are enough for most jobs, experience and additional education or training is needed for more advanced assembly work.
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Outlook: will there be jobs?
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New job opportunities are less likely in the future.


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    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below Average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

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Projected employment
Utah
140
2016 Employment
190
2026 Employment
39%
Percent change
20
Annual projected job openings
United States
21,800
2018 Employment
21,900
2028 Employment
1%
Percent change
2,600
Annual projected job openings

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    State-level data come from Projections Central and each state's Labor Market Information office, 2016-26.

    National-level data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections, 2018-28.

Typical wages

Annual wages for Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators in Utah
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LocationUtahUnited States
10%$22,620$24,420
25%$25,460$29,050
Median$34,070$35,480
75%$38,620$42,140
90%$41,750$50,710


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Typical education
How much education do most people in this career have?
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Certifications: show your skills
Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:
  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

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Licenses: do you need one?
Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.

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    Information on licensed occupations is gathered in each state by Labor Market Information units under a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more at License Finder Help.

Apprenticeships: learn on the job
Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.

Activities: what you might do in a day
  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
  • Place materials into molds.
  • Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
  • Apply water or solutions to fabrics or apparel.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Build production molds.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces.
  • Repair parts or assemblies.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

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    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. They are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities.

Knowledge
People in this career often know a lot about:
  • 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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Abilities
People in this career often have talent in:
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - Keeping your arm or hand steady.
  • Trunk Strength - Using your lower back and stomach.
  • Problem Sensitivity - Noticing when problems happen.
  • Near Vision - Seeing details up close.
  • Multilimb Coordination - Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

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Interests
  • Conventional - Occupations related to Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. They include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Investigative - Occupations with Investigative interests frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. They often involve research and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic - Occupations with Realistic interests frequently involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Typical 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.
  • 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.
  • Repair or modify damaged or defective glass-fiber parts, checking thicknesses, densities, and contours to ensure a close fit after repair.
  • Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
  • 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.

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