Fibre machine tenders operate and maintain extrusion machines that form sliver from filaments. They work with synthetic materials such as fiberglass or liquid polymer or non-synthetic materials such as rayon.
The following job titles also refer to fibre machine tender:
extruding machine setter
fibre machine operative
fiber machine operative
fiber machine tender
forming machine setter
fibre machine operator
staple fiber machine tender
extruding and forming machine setter
staple fibre machine tender
fiber extruding machine operator
glass fibre machine operator
A high school diploma is generally the minimum required to work as a fibre machine tender.
ISCO skill level
ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:
- the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
- the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
- the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.
Fibre machine tender is a Skill level 2 occupation.
Fibre machine tender career path
These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to fibre machine tender.
Long term prospects
These occupations require some skills and knowledge of fibre machine tender. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of fibre machine tender with a significant experience and/or extensive training.
Essential knowledge and skills
This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of fibre machine tender.
- Quality standards: The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.
Essential skills and competences
These skills are necessary for the role of fibre machine tender.
- Optimise production processes parameters: Optimise and maintain the parameters of the production process such as flow, temperature or pressure.
- Monitor gauge: Oversee the data presented by a gauge concerning the measurement of pressure, temperature, thickness of a material, and others.
- Troubleshoot: Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.
- Use personal protection equipment: Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.
- Bind fibreglass filaments: Bring extruded fibreglass filaments together to bind them into single strands after the binding solution has been applied and pull them through a carbon-graphite shoe that will guide and gather the individual glass filaments to form the fibreglass strands.
- Monitor automated machines: Continuously check up on the automated machine’s set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.
- Monitor bushings: Monitor the machines to detect any defects or malfunctioning such as defective binder applicators or clogged bushings.
- Wind sliver strands: Hold the sliver strands coming from the floor above through a floor opening to facilitate the process of winding strands onto tubes.
- Remove bead straps: Stop the machine and use a wire pick to remove beads and unclog the bushings.
- Consult technical resources: Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.
- Set up the controller of a machine: Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.
- Monitor valves: Monitor and accordingly adjust the valves in order to allow a specific amount of liquids (such as ammonia sulfuric acid or viscous soap) or steam into the mixer or machine.
Optional knowledge and skills
This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of fibre machine tender. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Composite materials: The properties of different materials developped in a laboratory, their usage per type of products, and how to create them.
- Synthetic materials: The production and characteristics of synthetic materials such as synthetic fibres, synthetic paper, synthetic resins or synthetic rubber.
- Polymerisation: Polymerisation is a chemical process which has as output the creation of polymers or polymeric compounds by combining smaller molecules called monomers.
- Mechanics: Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.
Optional skills and competences
These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of fibre machine tender. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.
- Measure furnace temperature: Monitor the product temperature using the available tools and measuring instruments and adjust furnace temperature if needed.
- Inspect quality of products: Use various techniques to ensure the product quality is respecting the quality standards and specifications. Oversee defects, packaging and sendbacks of products to different production departments.
- Maintain furnace temperature: Monitor and govern the pyrometer to control the furnace temperature.
- Operate furnace: Operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting, to produce specified types of steel, or to finish other materials such as cokes. Set furnace controls to regulate temperatures and heating time.
- Perform test run: Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.
- Maintain equipment: Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.
- Control production flow remotely: Control remotely the flow of production from the start-up operations to the shutdown of the equipments and systems, using the control panel.
- Load materials into furnace: Load materials in furnace with correct positioning, fastening and levelling when needed.
- Clean equipment: Perform cleaning routines after equipment use.
- Supply machine: Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.
- Report defective manufacturing materials: Maintain required company records and forms in order to report any defective materials or questionable conditions of manufacturing machinery and equipment.
- Check quality of raw materials: Check the quality of basic materials used for the production of semi-finished and finished goods by assessing some of its characteristics and, if needed, select samples to be analysed.
- Operate lifting equipment: Transport heavy objects using lifting equipment such as cranes, forklifts etc.
- Keep records of work progress: Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.
- Measure materials: Measure the raw materials prior to their loading in the mixer or in machines, ensuring they conform with the specifications.
ISCO group and title
8181 – Glass and ceramics plant operators
- Fibre machine tender – ESCO