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 work for tire manufacturers and other rubber products manufacturing companies.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 190 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

  • Estimate 75 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 1460 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

Most workers in this occupation in Nova Scotia are employed by one corporation. During the spring, a portion of the workforce at one of three tire production facilities was laid off. All employees were recalled by the end of the summer. The demand for tires was adversely affected by a sharp decline in new car sales during the spring, the reduction of vehicle kilometers driven by those now working from home, and the loss of income among some households.

The number of individuals employed in this occupation is affected primarily by production and staffing decisions made by Michelin, which in turn may be driven by market conditions for new passenger and heavy-duty vehicles and aftermarket tires. Aside from the occasional change in staffing levels, retirements are a main contributor of opportunities in this occupation. Good working conditions result in a relatively low rate of turnover. There may be some competition among jobseekers for vacancies as wages are relatively high for this skill level.

The median employment income for the 72% 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, the 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

$25.00

Median

$31.30

Maximum

Annual Pay

$14,099

Minimum

$52,024

Median

$72,745

Maximum

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$23.91

Median

$35.04

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 work for tire manufacturers and other rubber products manufacturing companies.

Job duties

Rubber processing machine operators:

  • 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:

  • Lay out and prepare rubber materials for assembly.
  • Use machines or equipment or use hand tools to cut, shape, splice, fit and cement rubber materials to form rubber parts or finished rubber products.
  • Use finishing machines or equipment to trim, grind, or buff rubber products into final form.
  • Train or assist in training new workers.

Rubber products inspectors:

  • Inspect finished rubber products for defects and conformance to specifications and quality standards, visually or using instruments.
  • Attach 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

You should be responsible, alert, and in good physical health. Coordination, agility, and mechanical ability are important. You must be able to follow directions and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • High school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided.

Other considerations

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

By the numbers

Quick look

1,435

employed in 2016

97.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

14.3%
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85.7%
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41.9

median age

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

15,275

employed in 2016

83.2%

employed full-time

3.2%

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%

North Shore

3.8%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

93.9%

Manufacturing

1.6%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

1.6%

Wholesale trade

1.2%

Retail trade

0.8%

Utilities

What is the age of Employment?

26.0%

35-44

23.0%

45-54

23.0%

25-34

17.0%

55-64

9.0%

15-24

2.0%

65+

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

24.5%

45-54

20.8%

55-64

19.3%

35-44

16.5%

25-34

15.0%

15-24

Top levels of education

50.9%

High school

$50,267 median annual income
20.6%

College Diploma

$54,397 median annual income
11.5%

Trade Certification

$60,600 median annual income
8.0%

Less than high school

$29,946 median annual income
7.0%

Bachelor

$59,086 median annual income

Compared to: All Manufacturing and Utilities

38.1%

High school

$28,505 median annual income
23.3%

Less than high school

$19,224 median annual income
19.9%

College Diploma

$38,781 median annual income
12.2%

Trade Certification

$43,975 median annual income
4.5%

Bachelor

$39,715 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

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

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

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, Skills and Immigration, Occupational Health and Safety Division
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.