Will “Gel-Coater” be Replaced By Robots? 🤔
93% Chance of Automation
“Gel-Coater” will almost certainly be replaced by robots.
This job is ranked #575 out of #702, where higher means 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
- Chopper Gun Operator
- 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
- Boat Assembler
Tasks for “Gel-Coater”
- Mask off mold areas not to be laminated, using cellophane, wax paper, masking tape, or special sprays containing mold-release substances.
- 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.
- Release air bubbles and smooth seams, using rollers.
- Spray chopped fiberglass, resins, and catalysts onto prepared molds or dies using pneumatic spray guns with chopper attachments.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cure materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.
- Trim cured materials by sawing them with diamond-impregnated cutoff wheels.
- Mix catalysts into resins, and saturate cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
- Apply lacquers and waxes to mold surfaces to facilitate assembly and removal of laminated parts.
- Select precut fiberglass mats, cloth, and wood-bracing materials as required by projects being assembled.
- 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.
- Trim excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
- Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
Related Technology & Tools
- Paint application rollers
- Power drills
- Vacuum pumps
- Fiber reinforced polymer FRP rollers
- Trimming knives
- Power sanders
- Power drivers
- Power grinders
- Pressure-fed roller applicators
- Rotating mandrels
- Hand shears
- Vacuum bags
- Chopper guns
- Cutoff saws
- Personal computers
- Heat lamps
- Paint spray guns
- Paint application brushes
- Pneumatic spray guns
- High-volume low-pressure HVLP spray guns
- Curing ovens
- Spreadsheet software
- Data entry software
- Word processing software