Tend machines that vulcanize synthetic composition outsoles.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Vulcanizers do?

Tends machine that vulcanizes synthetic composition outsoles to leather or fabric uppers: Positions upper on heated metal last. Seats precut outsole in cavity of mold and pulls lever to invert last. Starts machine that lowers lasted upper into die cavity and vulcanizes outsole to upper.

Should I be a Vulcanizer?

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

  • How to become a Vulcanizer

    Vulcanizers 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 Vulcanizer-related education!
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