Profession fibreglass machine operator

Fibreglass machine operators control and maintain the machine that sprays a mix of resin and glass fibers onto products such as bathtubs or boat hulls to obtain strong and lightweight composite end-products.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Coating substances

    Have knowledge of various types of coating, providing a workpiece with one or more finishing layers of resins, sugars, powders, inactive and insoluable fillers, waxes, gums, plasticisers, colouring materials, lacquer, and others.

  • Fibreglass laminating

    Process of applying multiple layers of fiberglass, a strong lightweight plastic reinforced with glass fibre woven into mats, using various techniques such as applying pressure or adhesives, welding or heating in order to provide strength and stability to the composite material. The fibreglass can also be sprayed in liquid form onto products.

Skills

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Control glass fibres flow

    Control and adjust the parameters to maintain the appropriate pressure, temperature and flow rate of the molten fibreglass through the spray jets.

  • Feed fibreglass machine

    Feed the machine with raw fibreglass according to specifications of the end-products to be developed.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Optimise production processes parameters

    Optimise and maintain the parameters of the production process such as flow, temperature or pressure.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Follow quality standards

    Apply a set of measures and standards concerning the quality of processes or products, ensuring that quality is maintained and improved during work activities.

  • Remove air bubbles from fibreglass

    Use brushes and rollers to eliminate air bubbles that could weaken the fibreglass, to ensure perfect adherence of the resin to the product shell or to previous layers, and to avoid any structural defects.

  • Feed hoppers

    Feed hoppers with the required materials using various tools such as lifting equipment or shovels.

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Consult technical resources

    Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.

  • Tend fibreglass machine

    Tend the machine used to create fibreglass products such as lawn furniture or boat hulls by spraying molten glassfibre.

  • Trim excess material

    Trim surplus material of fabric such as fiberglass mats, cloth, plastics or rubber.

  • Extract products from moulds

    Remove finished products from moulds and examine them in detail for anomalies.

  • Monitor processing environment conditions

    Verify that the overall conditions of the room where the process will take place, such as temperature or air humidity, meet the requirements, and adjust if necessary.

  • Monitor gauge

    Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.

Optional knowledge and skills

report defective manufacturing materials operate fibreglass spray gun keep records of work progress manufacturing of sports equipment clean moulds control production flow remotely clean equipment maintain moulds use non-destructive testing equipment manufacturing of daily use goods repair laminated structures manage waste maintain equipment form moulding mixture inspect quality of products measure materials finish plastic products perform test run prevent casting adhesion composite materials apply a protective layer polymerisation plastic resins