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Fiberglass Laminator  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Regular working hours and limited travel
  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Boat Builder -- Construct and repair ships or boats, according to blueprints.
  • Composite Mechanic -- Handles the shaping of fiberglass and metal panels, often used for airplanes.
  • Fiberglass Ski Maker -- Fabricates customized skis, using knowledge of materials and techniques of production.
  • Fiberglass Grinder --