Composite technicians are responsible for manufacturing parts using specialized equipment for their organizations, which involves different techniques to modify glass, carbon, and other fibers to create parts and structures according to project specifications. These technicians must be proficient with mechanical machinery, and strong interpersonal skills are also important to explain the creation and troubleshooting processes to employees.
Composite technicians read blueprints and other sketches to apply resins in specific quantities, and they also trim, cut, and sand using industrial tools. They must follow written directions according to company specifications and also clean assemblies before and after production. They typically work in a production environment and use protective gear such as goggles and steel-toed boots and must work well in a team environment with other technicians to complete production objectives in a timely manner. However, they should also be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Among their basic tools are scissors, heat guns, and molds to create parts by mixing different materials and textures, and they must write reports according to their observations and results. They may order new supplies for manufacturing and repair machinery if necessary, and they must always follow strict safety guidelines to avoid accidents. Composite technicians typically report their progress to a composite supervisor in their organization and must be organized and pay close attention to detail, as finalized pieces require exact measurements. They should also have basic computer skills to log materials, quantities, and completed work as required and be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and lift heavy objects.
A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and prior experience in manufacturing or a related field is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Composite Technician Tasks
Fabricate and prepare molds.
Lay out composite materials for molding.
Assemble, fabricate and repair products from composite parts and materials.
Track, record and document work, materials, and products.