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. 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
- 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.
- Select precut fiberglass mats, cloth, and wood-bracing materials as required by projects being assembled.
- 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.
- Cure materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.
- Trim excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
- Trim cured materials by sawing them with diamond-impregnated cutoff wheels.
- 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.
- Apply lacquers and waxes to mold surfaces to facilitate assembly and removal of laminated parts.
- Spray chopped fiberglass, resins, and catalysts onto prepared molds or dies using pneumatic spray guns with chopper attachments.
- 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.
- Release air bubbles and smooth seams, using rollers.
- Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
- Repair or modify damaged or defective glass-fiber parts, checking thicknesses, densities, and contours to ensure a close fit after repair.
- Mix catalysts into resins, and saturate cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
Related Technology & Tools
- Cutoff saws
- Personal computers
- Paint application rollers
- Power drivers
- Rotating mandrels
- Pneumatic spray guns
- Vacuum pumps
- Pressure-fed roller applicators
- High-volume low-pressure HVLP spray guns
- Vacuum bags
- Curing ovens
- Power drills
- Trimming knives
- Chopper guns
- Power grinders
- Fiber reinforced polymer FRP rollers
- Power sanders
- Hand shears
- Paint spray guns
- Paint application brushes
- Heat lamps
- Data entry software
- Word processing software
- Spreadsheet software