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Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Align and position materials being joined to ensure accurate application of adhesive or heat sealing.
    • Adjust machine components according to specifications such as widths, lengths, and thickness of materials and amounts of glue, cement, or adhesive required.
    • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions and report or resolve problems.
    • Start machines, and turn valves or move controls to feed, admit, apply, or transfer materials and adhesives, and to adjust temperature, pressure, and time settings.
    • Fill machines with glue, cement, or adhesives.
    • Perform test production runs and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that completed products meet standards and specifications.
    • Examine and measure completed materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as tape measures, gauges, or calipers.
    • Read work orders and communicate with coworkers to determine machine and equipment settings and adjustments and supply and product specifications.
    • Remove and stack completed materials or products, and restock materials to be joined.
    • Observe gauges, meters, and control panels to obtain information about equipment temperatures and pressures, or the speed of feeders or conveyors.
    • Remove jammed materials from machines and readjust components as necessary to resume normal operations.
    • Maintain production records such as quantities, dimensions, and thicknesses of materials processed.
    • Mount or load material such as paper, plastic, wood, or rubber in feeding mechanisms of cementing or gluing machines.
    • Clean and maintain gluing and cementing machines, using solutions, lubricants, brushes, and scrapers.
    • Transport materials, supplies, and finished products between storage and work areas, using forklifts.
    • Measure and mix ingredients to prepare glue.
    • Depress pedals to lower electrodes that heat and seal edges of material.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Static Strength

      The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 33860/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.28/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 870
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Persistence

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    • Vacuum pumps
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