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93% Chance of Automation
“Chopper Gun Operator” will almost certainly be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #575 out of #702. A higher ranking (i.e., a lower number) means the job is less likely to be replaced.
Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.
- The SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code is 51-2091.00
- The Mean Annual Wage in the U.S. is $ 33,020.00
- The Mean Hourly Wage is $ 15.00
- Currently, there are 19,400 people on this job
☝️ Information based on the reference occupation “Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators”.
Also Known As…
- Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators
- Hull Line Crew Member
- Fiberglass Laminator
- Fiberglass Finisher
- Boat Carpenter
- Boat Builder
- Winding Operator
- Ski Maker
- Lamination Technician
- Lamination Operator
- Lamination Builder
- Golf Cart Maker
- Golf Cart Assembler
- Foam Tank Laminator
- Fiberglass Ski Maker
- Fiberglass Roller
- Fiberglass Machine Operator
- Fiberglass Luggage Molder
- Fiberglass Grinder
- Fiberglass Fabricator
- Fiberglass Container Winding Operator
- Fiberglass Boat Maker
- Fiberglass Boat Finisher
- Fiberglass Boat Builder
- Composite Technician
- Composite Mechanic
- Composite Bond Technician
- Chopper Gun Operator
- Boat Assembler
Tasks for “Chopper Gun Operator”
- Apply layers of plastic resin to mold surfaces prior to placement of fiberglass mats, repeating layers until products have the desired thicknesses and plastics have jelled.
- Check 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.
- Repair or modify damaged or defective glass-fiber parts, checking thicknesses, densities, and contours to ensure a close fit after repair.
- Spray chopped fiberglass, resins, and catalysts onto prepared molds or dies using pneumatic spray guns with chopper attachments.
- Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
- Select precut fiberglass mats, cloth, and wood-bracing materials as required by projects being assembled.
- Trim excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
- Trim cured materials by sawing them with diamond-impregnated cutoff wheels.
- Apply lacquers and waxes to mold surfaces to facilitate assembly and removal of laminated parts.
- Inspect, clean, and assemble molds before beginning work.
- Pat or press layers of saturated mat or cloth into place on molds, using brushes or hands, and smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles with hands or squeegees.
- Check all dies, templates, and cutout patterns to be used in the manufacturing process to ensure that they conform to dimensional data, photographs, blueprints, samples, or customer specifications.
- Mix catalysts into resins, and saturate cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
- Cure materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.
- Release air bubbles and smooth seams, using rollers.
- Mask off mold areas not to be laminated, using cellophane, wax paper, masking tape, or special sprays containing mold-release substances.
Related Technology & Tools
- Rotating mandrels
- Fiber reinforced polymer FRP rollers
- Cutoff saws
- Personal computers
- Vacuum pumps
- Vacuum bags
- Power drills
- Paint spray guns
- Pneumatic spray guns
- Power grinders
- Power sanders
- Trimming knives
- Curing ovens
- Power drivers
- Paint application brushes
- Chopper guns
- High-volume low-pressure HVLP spray guns
- Paint application rollers
- Heat lamps
- Hand shears
- Pressure-fed roller applicators
- Data entry software
- Spreadsheet software
- Word processing software