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Composite Laminator Apprentice

Job Description

Job Title:Composite Laminator
Reports To:Production Manager  
Location:Manufacturing Facility, Holland, MI
FLSA:Non-Exempt
Travel Required:Occasionally
Supervisory    Position:No

General Summary

Ghostworks Marine is seeking an entry level Composite Laminator Apprentice to assist with the “hands-on” manufacture of carbon fiber boats. Working with pre-preg carbon fiber, you will be responsible for kitting, layup, bagging, de-bagging of the component working to complex engineering drawings and with molds to produce high precision composite boats. You will also be responsible for following the 18 month Apprentice curriculum and training schedule, which will qualify for a certificate and college credits.

Composite Laminator Apprentice Responsibilities:

  • Laminating and tooling across a broad range of products performing a range of laminating processes which may include wet-lay, infusion, vac-bagging, pre-preg or RTM.
  • Read and understand lay-up specifications.
  • Checking information on drawings is clear.
  • Checking route card instructions are correct.
  • Following processes and ensuring the highest quality is maintained at all times
  • Use of hand tools.
  • Use of a wide range of fabrics, CSM and cloths in dry and pre-preg formats.
  • Identify laminating defects.
  • Record daily time spent on jobs on weekly timesheet.
  • Correct use of PPE.
  • Work with QA team to ensure that parts are being manufactured effectively and according to drawings and lay up books to ISO standards.
  • Help develop processes to improve quality and efficiency.
  • Keep all equipment maintained in good working order.
  • Ensure the department is kept clean
  • Work with composite materials according to the manufacturing plan and instructions, wrap mold with composite materials, in preparation for the curing process, to form composite parts
  • Check for accuracy in all prior documentation of manufacturing planning, reporting all discrepancies and schedule concerns to the supervisor
  • Verify materials being used are according to the manufacturing plan
  • Verify part ID tag and sign off on work performed
  • Adhere to schedules and time allowances for production requirement

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy levels.
  • Ability to follow procedures and work instructions / manuals.
  • Good verbal communication and listening skills.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure.
  • Used to working in a fast-moving environment.
  • Motorsport / Automotive composite experience is highly desirable.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties.

The following related training outline identifies subject matter that must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. NOTE: 144 hours of related instruction are required for each apprentice for each year.

Suggested Related Instruction Outline

Provider:Grand Rapids Community College
Address:143 Bostwick Ave NE Grand Rapids MI 49503 
Phone Number:616 234 4000
Suggested Related Instruction Hours:315
CIP Code*Course TitleContact Hours
DR 150Introduction to SolidWorks60
DR 241Mold Design Theory60
MN 100Manufacturing Principals30
MN 219Survey of Polymer Technology45
MN 242Applied Injection Molding30
MN 244Advanced Plastics Process90
Total315
*If related course number data are available, information displayed includes the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code that best represents the field of study, course, or program. CIP provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of educational programs. CIP is developed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.