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DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

51-2051 Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators



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

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 8010$22.78/hr$17.07/hr$19.45/hr$24.45/hr$25.25/hr$26.71/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing210$22.48/hr
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota 30$19.43/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 60$24.03/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 80$24.45/hr0.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 120$24.45/hrN/A
Minnesota 210$22.49/hr7.1%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders 240$26.59/hrN/A
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand 140$19.49/hr-11.4%
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 60$21.46/hrN/A


  • 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.
  • Spray chopped fiberglass, resins, and catalysts onto prepared molds or dies using pneumatic spray guns with chopper attachments.
  • Trim excess materials from molds, using hand shears or trimming knives.
  • Mask off mold areas not to be laminated, using cellophane, wax paper, masking tape, or special sprays containing mold-release substances.
  • Cure materials by letting them set at room temperature, placing them under heat lamps, or baking them in ovens.
  • Mix catalysts into resins, and saturate cloth and mats with mixtures, using brushes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Release air bubbles and smooth seams, using rollers.
  • 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.