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Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators & Tenders

Also called: Coater Operator, Glue Line Operator, Machine Operator, Process Assistant

What they do:
Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.
On the job, you would:
  • Align and position materials being joined to ensure accurate application of adhesive or heat sealing.
  • Adjust machine components according to specifications such as widths, lengths, and thickness of materials and amounts of glue, cement, or adhesive required.
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions and report or resolve problems.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • SAP software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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