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Rubber Processor

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Rubber Production Machine Operator.

Rubber processors operate machines and perform related duties to manufacture rubber products such as tyres and reinforced hoses.

Rubber processors work in factories and may be required to work shifts. They may have to handle dirty items.

In some factories the equipment is computer-controlled.

The use of safety equipment and lifting devices to move heavy items is required in some areas.

TASKS

    Rubber processors may perform the following tasks:

  • select appropriate material for processing as per specification
  • set controls and check the production machine before starting
  • load raw materials
  • operate machines in accordance with safety requirements
  • mark out patterns from blueprints and cutting sheets
  • monitor instruments and adjust controls to regulate the speed and temperature of rubber processing machines
  • sandblast non-rubber surfaces
  • renove wrinkles and trapped air in rolled products
  • maintain consistent operation of output
  • check the quality of products and take part in quality improvement activities
  • report defects and carry out minor repairs
  • keep production records and quality assurance data

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good communication skills
  • enjoy working with figures
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • good health and eyesight
  • good with numbers
  • safety-conscious
  • no allergies to rubber compounds, powder and dust

Interest Area

Manual/Practical

SPECIALISATIONS

Rubber Extruder Operator - operates rubber extrusion machinery to extrude (press out) rubber materials into finished products or components.

Rubber Injection Moulding Machine Operator - operates injection moulding machinery to mould formulated rubber materials into finished products or components.

Rubber Knitting Machine Operator - operates machines to knit and cement fabric cord or wire around rubber hoses for reinforcement.

Rubber Moulding Machine Operator - operates compression moulding machinery to mould compounded rubber materials into finished products or components.

Rubber Roll Builder - builds up layers of rubber on metal cores for use as rollers.

Rubber Roller Grinder Operator - sets up and operates roller grinders to produce rubber rollers.

Tyre Production Machine Operator - builds raw tyres, re-treads new tyres and vulcanises them.

EDUCATION & TRAINING


No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a rubber processor without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a rubber processor through an apprenticeship or traineeship in Polymer Processing or Process Manufacturing.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.


Additional Information

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Manufacturing or the Plastics, Rubber and Cablemaking Training Packages that will expand your career opportunities within these industries.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Rubber processors are employed in factories and by tyre manufacturers. Some tyre distributors have tyre re-treading, recapping and repair facilities where rubber workers are also employed. A large proportion of the rubber industry is involved in the manufacture of component parts for motor vehicles.

As new technologies and processes change the way companies operate, people with good practical and problem-solving skills are highly sought after.

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