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All About Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Example of Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator Job Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.

A Day in the Life of a Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator

  • 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.
  • Inspect, clean, and assemble molds before beginning work.
  • Bond wood reinforcing strips to decks and cabin structures of watercraft, using resin-saturated fiberglass.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills Needed to be a Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator

When polled, Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Types of Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator Jobs

  • Composite Technician
  • Composite Mechanic
  • Gel-Coater
  • Fiberglass Boat Maker
  • Golf Cart Maker

What Kind of Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator Job Opportunities Are There?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 19,700 jobs in the United States for Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 2,200 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator are Utah, Alabama, and Rhode Island. Watch out if you plan on working in Virginia, Maine, or Washington. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators Make A Lot Of Money?

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators make between $23,590 and $49,900 a year.

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Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators who work in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $29,370
Arizona $29,410
Arkansas $29,580
California $37,450
Colorado $38,670
Connecticut $35,740
Florida $33,650
Georgia $27,930
Idaho $34,160
Illinois $34,970
Indiana $34,700
Iowa $39,990
Kansas $36,000
Kentucky $39,800
Louisiana $31,440
Maine $35,710
Maryland $42,820
Massachusetts $46,050
Michigan $34,670
Minnesota $33,440
Mississippi $30,200
Missouri $33,500
Montana $26,550
New Jersey $43,580
New York $40,570
North Carolina $33,200
Ohio $35,620
Oklahoma $29,740
Oregon $35,000
Pennsylvania $60,490
Rhode Island $37,610
South Carolina $33,920
South Dakota $31,610
Tennessee $35,200
Texas $42,410
Utah $30,530
Washington $44,440
Wisconsin $35,110
Wyoming $34,490

Tools & Technologies Used by Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Data entry software
  • Word processing software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

Becoming a Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator

Learn what Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator education requirements there are.

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator?

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Where do Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators Work?

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Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators work in the following industries:

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Those who work as a Fiberglass Laminator or Fabricator sometimes switch careers to one of these choices:

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