Rubber Processing Machine Operators and Related Workers

(NOC 9423)

in All Manufacturing and Utilities

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 Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 205 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1275 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$24.00

Median

$29.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$14,099

Minimum

$52,024

Median

$72,745

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$12.00

Minimum

$18.75

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,056

Minimum

$30,111

Median

$70,518

Maximum

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

Skills

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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,220

employed in 2016

98.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

13.9%
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86.1%
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41.9

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

86.6%

employed full-time

3.1%

self employed

27.6%
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72.4%
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44.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

40.1%

Annapolis Valley

35.2%

Southern

20.9%

Northern

3.8%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

93.0%

Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing

1.6%

Wholesale Trade

1.2%

Management, Admin & Other Support

1.2%

Other Industries

1.2%

Retail Trade

What is the age of Employment?

55.6%

45-54

22.2%

55-64

22.2%

65+

22.2%

15-24

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

41.6%

45-54

28.6%

55-64

20.8%

35-44

5.2%

25-34

2.6%

15-24

Top levels of education

50.7%

High school

$38,102 median annual income
20.4%

College certificate or diploma

$42,227 median annual income
12.0%

Trades certificate

$50,568 median annual income
7.7%

Less than high school

$31,850 median annual income
6.3%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,358 median annual income
22.9%

Less than high school

$21,011 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$36,968 median annual income
12.4%

Trades certificate

$37,356 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor's degree

$36,852 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.