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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9423 Occupation: Rubber processing machine operators and related workers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Workers in this unit group operate rubber processing machinery and assemble and inspect rubber products. They are employed by tire manufacturers and other rubber products manufacturing companies. Workers in this unit group operate rubber processing machinery and assemble and inspect rubber products. They are employed by tire manufacturers and other rubber products manufacturing companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read technical information on chemical labels to understand which chemicals best bind different grades of rubber to aluminum. (1)
  • Read letters of complaint outlining faults in processes or products. (2)
  • Read bulletins outlining new equipment safety information. (2)
  • Read memos on bulletin boards. (2)
  • Read Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to be informed about the safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous inks and solvents. (3)
  • Read machinist handbooks for instructions on lathing aluminum and rubber and how to cut angles and grooves, operate machinery and identify and fix minor problems. (3)
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  • Complete sales orders recording the number of items ordered, the price and the delivery date and fill out shipping documents for couriers when mailing products to customers. (1)
  • Write notes to supervisors or mechanics about machine malfunctions or safety problems. (1)
  • Write notes to yourself to keep track of tasks to accomplish. (1)
  • Take messages for co-workers or record order information from customers. (1)
  • Write production reports which outline the time taken to complete processes and the weight of materials. (1)
  • Enter details of jobs in job logs for future reference, listing company names and work details, such as sizes of rolls and grooving and gearing details. (2)
  • Write instructions for changes in procedures and adjustments which should be made following a disruption in production. (3)
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Document Use
  • Complete time and production sheets, showing days and hours worked and jobs completed. (1)
  • Read labels on materials, products, gauges and machines. (1)
  • Refer to charts of exposure rates for different types of materials. (2)
  • Read tire rejection reports which indicate reasons for rejecting tires. (2)
  • Read recipes of ingredients to mix. (2)
  • Complete sample reports, filling out the lot number, colour, production time, weight and material used for each product sample. (2)
  • Read invoices including the customer's name, job specifications and deadlines. (2)
  • Read schematic drawings of machines to obtain information about valves. (3)
  • Read tables in machinist handbooks indicating lathe settings and mathematical calculations to set up machines correctly. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings when repairing, assembling or maintaining machines. (3)
  • Read blueprints to determine the depth, width, angle and placement of grooves on rubber coated aluminum wheels, building and grinding requirements for rubber rolls or dimensions of wheels to be built. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications. For example, monitor variations in production quality by interpreting numerical readings on computer screens. Enter new production parameters or codes into the computer in response to alarms or obvious production faults. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Speak with delivery staff to let them know when orders can be shipped out. (1)
  • Talk with customers regarding the particulars of their order, such as what inks should be used or their requirements for stamps. (1)
  • Interact with supervisors to receive and clarify instructions and discuss job priorities and problems. (1)
  • Discuss product options with customers. (2)
  • Communicate with suppliers to obtain information on prices and on product use, quality and availability. (2)
  • Talk to co-workers to discuss jobs in progress and to provide information regarding the use of machines or correct procedures to follow, such as the correct centre to use when stripping down rolls. (2)
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Money Math
  • Write price quotations for customers, calculating prices, taxes and delivery dates of products. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor production costs by keeping track of the use of materials. (1)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure diameters of wheels being built and the thickness of rubber that has been laid on wheels. (1)
  • Read temperature and pressure gauges on the mixing machine, making adjustments as required to ensure that the rubber is being mixed in conformance with prescribed parameters. (1)
  • Determine how many grooves can be chiselled onto the surface of a wheel with a non-standard diameter by using a formula to calculate the number of grooves. (2)
  • Weigh plates before and after they are placed in chemical baths to determine the quantities of chemicals that must be added to the bath to maintain the desired concentration of active chemicals. (2)
  • Use micrometers to measure the diameter of newly-built or polished rolls in order to ensure they are within the specified size range required by the customer. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Calculate the average number of scraps per run or "washout rates" for production lines to ensure that etching baths are at the correct concentration of chemicals. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the number of skids required for a day's work. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of rubber to remove when grinding rubber coatings on wheels to the right diameter on lathes. (1)
  • Estimate the length of time and amount of pressure required for rolls to be processed in vulcanizers, based on the amount of material in the roll and the type of rubber used. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Rubber processing machine operators and related workers perform repetitive tasks daily. They determine the order and priority of work tasks based on customer orders and deadlines. They are interrupted frequently by customer calls and rush orders which may require work to be re-scheduled. Operators usually work on their own machines, although they co-ordinate their activities with co-workers. They plan what materials and machines will need to be used the next day and organize their workstations accordingly. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide on the quantity of supplies needed for the next workday. (1)
  • Make decisions about what pressures to use when vulcanizing rubber. (2)
  • Decide what materials to order and in what quantities. (2)
  • Decide whether blistered products are acceptable to be shipped. Decisions are based on the use to be made of the product. (2)
  • Decide when a tire is not in good enough shape to be saved and should be marked as scrap. (2)
  • Decide whether to increase or reduce the temperature of the mixer when making rubber and whether to decrease the amount of time poly is to be exposed to ultraviolet light. (2)
  • Decide when to make production shifts in tread designs for tires, based on your knowledge of customer orders and priorities. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Batches of bad material have been received. Recognize the incompatible quality of the material and call manufacturers for test results before using it. (1)
  • Mechanical problems have occurred when operating machines. Refer to manuals, if problems are not too complicated, or call mechanics. (2)
  • Some moulded materials are defective in colour or texture. Ensure that these materials are isolated from the high quality products and reprocessed. (2)
  • There are time pressures to complete jobs. Determine the most efficient way to complete the products involved, which might include replacing tools to complete the job faster. (2)
  • Mistakes have occurred, such as plates not being exposed properly. Through a process of elimination and by reference to experience, trace problems to a single factor, such as a low concentration of chemical or a bad light bulb. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to WHMIS documents when using a new product to understand how to safely handle, store and dispose of it. (1)
  • Refer to catalogues and manuals or telephone suppliers directly to find out about particular products or pieces of equipment. (1)
  • When confronted with complex new jobs, refer to notes about previous jobs to determine whether they are repeat jobs and what gearings and processes were used previously. (2)
  • Refer to a book of specifications and to different recipes when making rubber. (2)
  • Seek help from co-workers on how to do certain work processes. (2)
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