Adhesives Production Operator

Mix chemicals into correct proportions to make adhesive used in tape.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Adhesives Production Operators do?

It’s a little-known fact that Scotch tape doesn’t grow on trees. Its journey starts in an adhesive manufacturing plant, where an Adhesives Production Operator manufactures the glue that lets it do its job.

Adhesives Production Operators run numerous machines that mix, pour, and package all manner of sticky substances. As an Adhesives Production Operator, you spend your shifts on the factory floor, typing instructions into computer control panels or testing the quality of a recently mixed product.

Safety is important around all that heavy machinery. When working with chemicals and powders, you always wear protective gear. You may look like a Beekeeper at times, but it’s better than getting burned.

While the machines mix, you check in with your Manager and coworkers to review production orders and plan the rest of the day’s work. Every order is different: Customers need adhesives of different types, strengths, and durability. You mix and match the chemicals that make that product possible.

Like any other manufacturing job, your work may not win awards, but it plays an important role in daily life. Life would quickly become quite complicated without adhesives. Without the glue, pieces of tape become nothing but thin strips of paper.


Should I be an Adhesives Production Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to Become an
    Adhesives Production Operator

    Most Adhesives Production Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9jdaaa&chl=no+college+%2881%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29|associate%27s+%285%25%29|bachelor%27s+%281%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,81,81
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