General Laborer

Perform the tasks involved in the production of rubber goods.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do General Laborers do?

Performs any combination of following tasks involved in production of rubber goods, reclaimed rubber, or rubber tires and tubes: Inserts, dumps, places, or pours materials in or removes materials from rubber processing machines and equipment, manually or using shovels, hoists, conveyors, or special devices. Replaces spools or coils of materials on supply racks or reels of machines. Loads and unloads materials, parts or products onto or from pallets, skids, conveyors, or trucks, manually or using hoists. Transports materials, parts, or products from storage areas to work stations, using handtruck or other conveyances. Arranges, stacks, or places materials, parts, or products into books or bundles for storage or shipping. Cuts materials to specified size and length, using knife, scissors, miter box or cutting machine. Pulls or trims flash and excess material from goods, manually or using knife or scissors. Imparts smooth finish or removes foreign matter or rough and uneven edges from goods, using buffing wheels or cutting machines. Fits, assembles, or bolts parts together, using cements, handtools, or mechanical devices. Performs minor repairs to salvage parts, such as cutting out and replacing defective areas, using variety of handtools and work aids. Dusts finished goods with powder, talc, or soapstone to prevent sticking during storage and shipping. Examines goods for obvious defects and imperfections and verifies weight and dimensions of goods, using fixed gauges and scales. Sorts, counts, or marks goods by size, grade, color, or salvageability. Bundles and packs goods in containers for shipping. Washes or cleans adhering stock, grease, dust and foreign matter from machines and equipment with water, solvents, or other cleaning compounds, using rags, brushes, and air or steam hoses.

Should I be a General Laborer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a General Laborer

    Most General Laborers 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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