Laminating Operator

Run lifting and pressing machines that create laminate boards.

What does a Laminating Operator do?

Also known as Laminating Machine Operator, this position of a Laminating Operator is part art and part craft. It takes skill to properly handle the heavy materials, industrial equipment, and powerful solvents required for the job. But with the right skills and knowledge as a Laminating Operator, you’ll be able to control the machines that press together precut plastic sheets and massive planks of plywood. The result is laminated boards used in the production of furniture, such as tables, bookcases, and shelving units.

As a Laminating Operator, you have complete control of the machine. You begin your shift by performing the proper start-up techniques. With the equipment warmed up and ready, you propel large sheets of plywood through the cementing process.

Once doused in glue, the plastic sheets are loaded while you direct the equipment. With the aid of pressure and heat, the two materials are pressed together and become one, and the machine ejects a laminated board out the other end.

Depending on where you work, you might also be responsible for the next phase of the process, where you trim and sand the edges of the laminated plank. With the product complete, you take measurements, adhere to specifications, and ensure that only the highest-quality product moves down the production line.

When you’re not feeding 50-pound panels and assessing the minutest details of the product, you spend your time maintaining the laminating machine. You troubleshoot error messages and problems, keep records of production, replace parts, perform basic maintenance, and review emergency shutdown procedures.