Rubber Goods Production Workers

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Rubber goods production workers make items out of natural and synthetic rubber materials. They soften, shape, cure, cut, mold, and otherwise treat rubber to make thousands of different products, from household goods to parts for spacecrafts.

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Alternate Title(s) Arch-Cushion Press Operators, Automatic-Die-Cutting-Machine Operators, Band Machine Operators, Belt Builders, Belt-Builder Helpers, Belt-Press Operators, Calender Operators, Calender-Let-Off Operators, Calender-Wind-Up Tenders, Dusting-and-Brushing-Machine Operators, Expansion-Joint Builders, Extruder Cutters, Fabric Normalizers, Foam-Padded-Products Finishers, Foam Rubber Mixers, Machine Skivers, Mat Punchers, Molded-Rubber-Goods Cutters, Roll Cutters, Rubber Curers, Rubber Cutters, Rubber-Cutting-Machine Tenders, Rubber-Goods Cutter-Finishers, Rubber Goods Inspectors, Rubber-Mill Tenders, Sectional-Belt-Mold Assemblers, Self-Sealing-Fuel-Tank Builders, Splitting-Machine Operators, Sponge-Press Operators, Strap-Cutting-Machine Operators, V-Belt Builders, V-Belt Curers, Weather-Strip Machine Operators, Wink-Cutter Operators
Duties Soften, shape, cure, cut, mold, and otherwise treat rubber to make a variety of products
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many rubber goods plants are located in Indiana and Ohio
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience No experience required
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Inspector or Supervisor
  • Experienced Rubber Goods Production Worker
  • Entry-Level Rubber Goods Production Worker