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Rubber process operatives

£20,280 Average salary at age 20
£30,680 Average Salary
52 Average hours per week


Rubber process operatives attend and operate masticating, calendering, mixing, forming, shaping, moulding, extruding, cutting, trimming and winding machines to make and repair rubber products.

Main Tasks

  • Ascertains ingredients and mixing requirements, feeds machine or regulates flow from feed conveyors and hoppers;
  • Regulates speed, temperature and pressure of masticating, mixing, extruding and vacuum moulding machinery;
  • Operates winding machinery to form endless belts and builds up rubberised material to form industrial belting and pneumatic tyres;
  • Prepares surfaces and coats or lines metal or other products with rubber;
  • Trims, sandblasts, or manipulates rubber article against abrasive wheel to finish product;
  • Locates defects and repairs worn and faulty sheathing, belting and rubber and pneumatic tyres.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers require entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically on-the-job, supplemented by specialised training courses. NVQs/SVQs in Processing Rubber are available at Levels 1 and 2.

UK Prospects

8000 Workforce Size
10.02% Predicted decline 2022 - 2027
640 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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