How to become a Rubber Processor

Rubber Processor

Rubber processors operate machines and perform related duties to manufacture rubber products such as tyres and reinforced hoses.

Personal requirements for a Rubber Processor

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good communication skills
  • Enjoy working with figures
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Good health and eyesight
  • Good with numbers
  • Safety-conscious
  • No allergies to rubber compounds, powder and dust

Education & Training for a Rubber Processor

You can work as a rubber processor without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a rubber processor through an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Rubber Processor

Rubber processors:

  • Select appropriate material for processing as per specification
  • Set controls and check the production machine before starting
  • Load raw materials
  • Operate machines in accordance with safety requirements
  • Mark out patterns from blueprints and cutting sheets
  • Monitor instruments and adjust controls to regulate the speed and temperature of rubber processing machines
  • Sandblast non-rubber surfaces
  • Remove wrinkles and trapped air in rolled products
  • Maintain consistent operation of output
  • Check the quality of products and take part in quality improvement activities
  • Report defects and carry out minor repairs
  • Keep production records and quality assurance data.


  • Examines output for defects and conformity to specifications..
  • Monitors operation, regulates material supply and adds chemicals and colorants to mixture..
  • Measures and loads materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms..
  • Operates vulcaniser presses and controls curing..
  • Performs minor repairs and maintains production records..
  • Lays casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds..
  • Operates rollers to remove air..
  • Operates controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation..

Working conditions for a Rubber Processor

Rubber processors work in factories and may be required to work shifts. They may have to handle dirty items. In some factories the equipment is computer-controlled. The use of safety equipment and lifting devices to move heavy items is required in some areas.

Employment Opportunities for a Rubber Processor

Rubber processors are employed in factories and by tyre manufacturers. Some tyre distributors have tyre re-treading, recapping and repair facilities where rubber workers are also employed. A large proportion of the rubber industry is involved in the manufacture of component parts for motor vehicles. As new technologies and processes change the way companies operate, people with good practical and problem-solving skills are highly sought after.


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Rubber Processor

Rubber processors operate machines and perform related duties to manufacture rubber products such as tyres and reinforced hoses.

  • Average age
    Average age
    39 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    3% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    48 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Lower skill
  • Unemployment
    Lower unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    93% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    1,500 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 0.0%
    NSW: 26.0%
    NT: 0.8%
    QLD: 20.3%
    SA: 5.3%
    TAS: 1.5%
    VIC: 19.5%
    WA: 26.8%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 1.3%
    20-24: 7.4%
    25-34: 28.6%
    35-44: 25.5%
    45-54: 20.9%
    55-59: 7.6%
    60-64: 6.8%
    65 and Over: 2%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 4.8%
    Bachelor degree: 2.2%
    Certificate III/IV: 35.8%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0.2%
    Year 10 and below: 27.9%
    Year 11: 8.6%
    Year 12: 20.5%
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