Laminates layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles or other products.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Releases air bubbles and smoothes seams, using rollers.
- Selects precut fiberglass mats, cloth, and woodbracing materials as required by projects being assembled.
- Sprays chopped fiberglass, resins, and catalysts onto prepared molds or dies using pneumatic spray guns with chopper attachments.
- Pats or presses layers of saturated mat or cloth into place on molds, using brushes or hands, and smoothes out wrinkles and air bubbles with hands or squeegees.
- Mixes catalysts into resins, and saturates cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
- Bonds wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
- Checks 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.
- Trims excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
- Repairs or modifies damaged or defective glass-fiber parts, checking thicknesses, densities, and contours to ensure a close fit after repair.
- Cures materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.