Profession filament winding operator

Filament winding operators tend, control and maintain machines that coat filament, usually fibreglass or carbon, in resin and wind them around a rotation mould to produce pipes, containers, tubes and other hollow cylindrical 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.

  • Types of fibre for polymer reinforcement

    Fibres used to reinforce composite materials, such as glass fibre, carbon fibre and plastic fibre. Their usage cases, costs, advantages and disadvantages, and production techniques associated with their use.

Skills

  • Optimise production processes parameters

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

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Prepare resin bath

    Fill a reservoir with resin to be used in coating a variety of materials such as filament or glass wool. Make sure the quantity is correct and the resin is of the correct composition and temperature.

  • Control temperature

    Measure and adjust temperature of a given space or object.

  • 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.

  • Remove filament composite workpiece from mandrel

    After the filament has been wound onto the mandrel mould and cured enough, remove the mandrel if called for.

  • Cure composite workpiece

    Take the necessary steps to let a composite workpiece cure. Switch on heating components like infrared lamps or heated moulds, or introduce the workpiece into a curing oven.

Optional knowledge and skills

control production flow remotely manufacturing of daily use goods manage waste perform test run report defective manufacturing materials composite materials cut filament measure materials saw off filament mandrel pins keep records of work progress synthetic resins adjust filament tension clean equipment polymerisation plastic resins inspect quality of products maintain equipment