Load wood, rubber or metal onto machines to be laminated.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $43,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Laminators do?

Manufacturers often transform flabby materials such as paper, plastic, or leather into rigid products that can stand up on their own. As a Laminator, you have a major part to play in this transformation.

When you’re a Laminator, you work in a factory, probably with only one type of material. You pick up this material and bring it to your laminating machine. To do this, you may use a crane or a forklift. Then you place the material on the conveyer belt and make sure it’s completely straight.

You turn the machine on and guide the material into it. To ensure that you have a firm seal, you adjust the rollers, the heat, and the thickness of the glue.

When the first samples emerge from the machine, you check them over carefully. You adjust your machine once more, if needed, and then start cranking out products in earnest. You also refill the glue as needed.

You may be required to cut completed pieces apart by hand, using extremely sharp tools. You use these tools with care to ensure that you don’t end your shift in the emergency room. Then you bundle your completed pieces together and put them in boxes for shipping.

You know your machine inside and out, so you’re able to make repairs quickly and easily if it breaks. You rely on this knowledge as a Laminator to help you make the machine functional again as fast as possible. You may become a stickler for maintaining and cleaning your machine frequently so these breakdowns don’t occur in the first place.

Should I be a Laminator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Laminator

    Most Laminators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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