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51-9191.00 - 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.


Key Facts
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Bright Outlook
Career Details
Green Job
Career Details
Current Employment
18,400
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Forecasted Employment
17,100
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Change in Employment
-1,200
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Change in Employment %
-6.8%
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Tasks
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Tasks
The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
Core
  • 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 and report or resolve problems.
  • Read work orders and communicate with coworkers 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 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.
  • Transport materials, supplies, and finished products between storage and work areas, using forklifts.
Supplemental
  • Clean and maintain gluing and cementing machines, using solutions, lubricants, brushes, and scrapers.
  • Measure and mix ingredients to prepare glue.
  • Depress pedals to lower electrodes that heat and seal edges of material.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Production and Processing
  • 81%
    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 Mechanical
  • 74%
    Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 English Language
  • 68%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Mathematics
  • 59%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 59%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Education and Training
  • 58%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 57%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 55%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Administration and Management
  • 55%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Assembly machines
  • Edge gluers
  • Fiberized spray applicators
  • Folder gluer machines
  • Folding carton gluers
  • Hot melt applicators
  • Hot melt roll coaters
  • Spine glue systems
  • Spray glue systems
  • Top coat gluers
 Wrenches and drivers
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Offset socket wrench sets
 Rough and finishing tools
  • Automatic glue spreaders
 Power tools
  • Electric heat guns
 Dispensing tools
  • Fiberization guns
 Hoses
  • Hot melt adhesive hoses
 Pumps
  • Adhesive pumps
  • Drum pumps
 Compressors
  • Air compressors
 Indicating and recording instruments
  • Pin type probes
  • Adhesive meters
 Computers
  • Operator consoles
 Hearing protectors
  • Protective ear plugs
 Cleaning equipment
  • Cleaning scrapers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Finance accounting and enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP softwareHOT
  • SAPHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
No specific certifications are listed for this career
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
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No specific licensing information is listed for this occupation in the area you have selected.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
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