Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers

Occupation:Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers
Category:Manufacturing and Utilities

About the job

Nature of work:

Rubber processing machine operators operate rubber processing machinery and assemble and inspect rubber products. They are employed by tire manufacturers and other rubber products manufacturing companies.

Job duties:
Rubber processing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Set up, operate and tend machinery used for mixing, calendaring, extruding, moulding and curing rubber materials or rubber products.
  • Load or feed rubber, pigments, filler, oil and chemicals into machines.
  • Check and monitor processing conditions and product quality.
  • Adjust machines to proper setting as required.
  • Train or assist in training new workers.
Assemblers, rubber products perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Lay out and prepare rubber materials for assembly.
  • Operate machines or equipment or use hand tools to cut, shape, splice, fit and cement rubber materials to form rubber parts or finished rubber products.
  • Operate finishing machines or equipment to trim, grind, or buff rubber products into final form.
  • Train or assist in training new workers.
Rubber products inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Inspect finished rubber products for defects and conformance to specifications and quality standards, visually or using instruments.
  • Affix seals or tags to approved products and mark and reroute defective products for repair or recycle.
  • Fill out product inspection report.
  • May make minor adjustments or repairs to products.
Sample job titles:
  • mixer operator - rubber products manufacturing
  • mould machine operator - rubber products manufacturing
  • press operator - rubber products manufacturing
  • production operator - rubber products manufacturing
  • rubber goods machine operator
  • rubber processing machine operator
  • rubber products inspector
  • tire builder

To work in these jobs, you should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and a mechanical aptitude are important. You must also be able to take direction and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements:
  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.
Other considerations:

Experience as a labourer in the same company may be required. Mobility among the various labourers in this group is possible. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being seasonal in nature, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year are fairly common.

The median employment income for 74% of Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $56,678. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers1,220Moderate growth205Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $24.00
Maximum: $29.00
Minimum: $14,099
Median: $52,024
Maximum: $72,745
Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities15,275Weak growth1,275Moderate
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $18.75
Maximum: $30.00
Minimum: $6,056
Median: $30,111
Maximum: $70,518
Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
Percent employed full-time98%87%
Percent self-employed0%3%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentRubber Processing Machine Operators and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape BretonN/AN/A13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley40%$45,29013%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeRubber Processing Machine Operators and Related WorkersCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
Median Age4245
GenderRubber Processing Machine Operators and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Manufacturing and Utilities
% Employed% Employed
EducationRubber Processing Machine Operators and Related WorkersCompared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school7.7%$31,85022.9%$21,011
High school50.7%$38,10238.1%$28,358
Trades certificate12.0%$50,56812.4%$37,356
College certificate or diploma20.4%$42,22720.3%$36,968
University certificate or diploma1.8%x1.1%$35,915
Bachelor's degree6.3%x4.4%$36,852
University advanced certificate or diploma0.7%x0.3%$55,581
Master's degreexx0.5%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%N/A
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Occupational Health and Safety Division
PO Box 697, 5151 Terminal Road
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
Tel: (902) 424-5300

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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