Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders

Description

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.

Tasks

  • Examine and measure completed materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as tape measures, gauges, or calipers.
  • 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; report or resolve problems.
  • Read work orders and communicate with coworkers in order to determine machine and equipment settings and adjustments, and supply and product specifications.
  • Fill machines with glue, cement, or adhesives.
  • Mount or load material such as paper, plastic, wood, or rubber in feeding mechanisms of cementing or gluing machines.
  • Maintain production records such as quantities, dimensions, and thicknesses of materials processed.
  • 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.
  • Perform test production runs and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that completed products meet standards and specifications.
  • Remove jammed materials from machines and readjust components as necessary to resume normal operations.
  • Align and position materials being joined in order to ensure accurate application of adhesive or heat sealing.
  • Observe gauges, meters, and control panels to obtain information about equipment temperatures and pressures, or the speed of feeders or conveyors.
  • Remove and stack completed materials or products, and restock materials to be joined.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Telecommunications
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Automatic Gluing Machine Operator
Automobile Brake Bonder
Band Builder
Band Edger
Bead Preparer
Bindery Worker
Blanket Winder Operator
Board Liner Operator
Bonding Machine Operator
Bonding Molder
Book Jacket Cover Machine Operator
Bottomer Operator
Box Lining Machine Feeder
Box Lining Machine Operator
Box Sealing Machine Operator
Brush Head Maker
Bulk Sealer
Bulk Sealer Operator
Canvas Mounter
Card Decorator
Case Making Machine Operator
Casing In Operator
Cement Machine Operator
Cementer
Cementing Machine Operator
Channel Cementer
Chip Applying Machine Tender
Coater Operator
Collet Gluer
Core Composer Machine Tender
Core Laying Machine Operator
Core Machine Tender
Cover Stripper
Crown Assembly Machine Operator
Doweling Machine Operator
Dual Hose Cementer
Edge Bonder
Edge Glue Machine Tender
Edge Gluer
Electric Sealing Machine Operator
Electronic Heat Seal Operator
Ending Machine Operator
Envelope Sealer
Extension Edger
Finishing Pressman
Folder Operator
Glass Wool Blanket Machine Feeder
Glue Jointer Operator
Glue Line Operator
Glue Machine Operator
Glue Mounter Operator
Glue Reel Operator
Glue Size Machine Operator
Glue Sprayer
Glue Spreading Machine Operator
Glue Wheel Operator
Gluer
Gluer In
Gluer Machine Operator
Gluing Crew Leader
Gluing Pressman
Gummer
Gumming Machine Operator
Handle Machine Operator
Hat Lining Paster
Hat Stock Laminating Machine Operator
Heat Sealing Machine Operator
Hot Plate Plywood Press Operator
Hot Press Operator
Label Paster
Laminating Machine Operator
Laminator
Lamp Shade Joiner
Liner Machine Operator
Looseleaf Binder Coverer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$14.34 hourly, $29,830 annual.
Employment (2008):
16,800 employees