What is a Fibreglass Worker?
Fibreglass is a kind of a plastic, reinforced with fine glass fibres and resin.
Fibreglass is lightweight and extremely strong. It may not be as strong as carbon fibre, but it’s less brittle, making it ideal for moulding into shapes, like swimming pools.
Examples where fibreglass is used:
- in boats
- automobiles (eg Corvettes and some kit cars)
- baths and hot tubs
- water tanks
- external door skins
- some unusual artistic applications like the making of false rocks for landscaping
A Fibreglass Worker will be the skilled person who actually works with the fibreglass and makes items like some of the ones mentioned above.
What does a Fibreglass Worker do?
- make, shape and smooth forms, models or moulds, usually out of wood
- treat forms with a chemical releasing agent to prevent the fibreglass sticking
- apply successive thin layers of fibreglass onto form and allow to dry
- master woodworking tools
- know how to mix the right resin formulas
- wear protective clothing at all times
- follow health and safety procedures diligently. Fibreglass can be dangerous to your health
Are you … ?
- good with your hands?
- a person with some artistic ability?
- able to read plans and make calculations?
- a person with good eye-hand coordination ?
- good at spatial (3d) perception?
- attentive to detail?
- in good health?
- safety conscious?
- able to work with strong smells and dangerous substances?
How do I become a Fibreglass Worker?
Some companies will give on-the-job training while others prefer some experience and or qualifications.
Here are a few places where you can get various kinds of training:
- PLASTICS SA: FOR TRAINING EXCELLENCE: (Countrywide) – MER-SETA accredited.
Offers various courses and training, diplomas, degrees and learnerships in the plastics industry.
- TRIMO FIBRE GLASS COURSE: (Randfontein)
Offers unusual fibreglass techniques
Is becoming a Fibreglass Worker the right career choice for me?
See below for more info.