Overlay Plastician

Install wooden and plywood sheets in molded fiberglass boat hulls.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Overlay Plasticians do?

Installs wooden stringers and precut plywood sheets in molded fiberglass boat hulls to strengthen boat bottoms, using fiberglass bonding agent and handtools: Obtains precut stringers and plywood sheets according to model number of boat. Mixes catalyst into resin to control setting rate of bonding agent and saturates strips of fiberglass mat with mixture, using brush. Lays strips between stringer and hull and clamps stringers in place with special holding device. Lays strips of material along seams of stringers to reinforce bond and smooths out air bubbles by hand. Covers hull bottom interior and tops of stringers with saturated strips. Positions plywood flooring on bottom of boat and places clamps or weights on flooring to press it against hull and stringers. May install precut wood flotation tanks, seat supports, and bulkheads. May install plastic blocks of flotation material, fiberglass gasoline tanks, and other fiberglass fixtures.


Should I be an Overlay Plastician?

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

  • How to become an Overlay Plastician

    Overlay Plasticians generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Overlay Plastician-related education!
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