Rubber process operatives


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Rubber process operatives attend and operate masticating, calendering, mixing, forming, shaping, moulding, extruding, cutting, trimming and winding machines to make and repair rubber products.


There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers require entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically on-the-job, supplemented by specialised training courses. NVQs/SVQs in Processing Rubber are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Typical tasks

  • ascertains ingredients and mixing requirements, feeds machine or regulates flow from feed conveyors and hoppers;
  • regulates speed, temperature and pressure of masticating, mixing, extruding and vacuum moulding machinery;
  • operates winding machinery to form endless belts and builds up rubberised material to form industrial belting and pneumatic tyres;
  • prepares surfaces and coats or lines metal or other products with rubber;
  • trims, sandblasts, or manipulates rubber article against abrasive wheel to finish product;
  • locates defects and repairs worn and faulty sheathing, belting and rubber and pneumatic tyres.

Common job titles

Maker, solution
Waxer, block, thread
Finisher (rubber goods mfr)
Builder, belt (rubber goods mfr)
Joiner, rubber
Maker, belt, conveyor (rubber goods mfr)
Mixer, rubber
Moulder, tyre
Winder, belt, rubber
Maker, glove
Trimmer, pad, heel
Maker, tread, rubber
Splicer (tyre mfr)
Builder, tread
Caster, cold
Turner, roller
Machinist (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, case (tyre mfr)
Coverer, rubber (textile mfr)
Roller (rubber goods mfr)
Finisher, tyre
Grinder, ebonite
Moulder, ebonite
Worker, fibre (rubber goods mfr)
Worker, process (rubber goods mfr)
Sheeter (rubber goods mfr)
Trimmer, block (rubber goods mfr)
Worker, tyre
Hand, mill (rubber goods mfr)
Fitter, bead, tyre
Machinist, cutting, rubber
Builder, bead
Hand, calender (rubber mfr)
Repairer, tyre
Operator, calender (rubber mfr)
Worker, factory (rubber mfr)
Cellarman (rubber mfr)
Maker, ball (rubber goods mfr)
Cutter, collar
Maker, pocket (tyre mfr)
Maker, ball, golf
Maker, ring, asbestos
Forcer, rubber
Attendant, calender
Operator, process (rubber mfr)
Cutter, band, rubber
Worker, goods, rubber
Presser, rubber
Calenderer (rubber mfr)
Machinist, guillotine (rubber goods mfr)
Builder, tank
Calenderer, rubber
Machinist, moulding (rubber goods mfr)
Renewer, tread
Maker, tyre
Spreader (rubber mfr)
Maker, belt, vee
Maker, tube
Trimmer, rubber
Veneerer, tyre
Cutter, tread
Machinist, mixing (rubber mfr)
Man, mill, rubber
Cutter, tyre
Caster (footwear mfr)
Presser (rubber goods mfr)
Moulder, rubber
Machinist, spewing
Grinder, rubber
Builder, wheel
Maker, tile
Sprayer, tyre
Turner (rubber goods mfr)
Machinist, covering, rubber
Maker, catheter
Machinist, wiring (rubber tyre mfr)
Maker, belting
Man, devulcaniser (rubber reclamation)
Worker, ball, golf
Moulder, press
Manufacturer (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, bottle
Maker, mattress, rubber
Moulder, injection (rubber goods mfr)
Presser, jobbing
Liner, tank
Rubberer, tyre
Presser, heel (rubber goods mfr)
Man, table (rubber goods mfr)
Refiner (rubber reclamation)
Hand, leading (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, rubber
Roller, tube
Hand, bench (rubber flooring mfr)
Cutter, disc (rubber mfr)
Attendant, lathe, rubber
Changer, mould (rubber mfr)
Finisher, ebonite
Moulder (bottle cap mfr)
Heater, rubber (tyre mfr)
Machinist, cutting
Manipulator, tube
Hand, tube
Mixer, dough (rubber mfr)
Operator, mill (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, stamp, endorsing
Operator, plant (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, roller, composition, printer's
Calenderman (rubber mfr)
Presser, steam
Trimmer, tyre, solid
Cutter, rubber
Builder, roller
Maker, roller, printer's
Builder, rubber
Restorer, tyre
Setter, machine, moulding
Splitter (rubber reclamation)
Operator, extrusion (rubber goods mfr)
Dipper, glove
Mixer, latex
Maker, pipe, flexible
Maker, tubing
Mixer, banbury
Wrapper (inner tube mfr)
Liner, plant
Bander (rubber tyre mfr)
Fitter, tread, tyre
Maker, belt
Coverer, wheel
Braider (rubber hose mfr)
Maker, roller, rubber
Moulder, stamp
Dipper, rubber
Builder, hose
Coverer (rubber goods mfr)
Wrapper, tube (rubber goods mfr)
Forcer (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, mat, rubber
Maker, bag, air
Moulder, tube, rubber
Remoulder (rubber goods mfr)
Man, mill (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, block, brake
Winder, ball, golf
Hand, surgical (rubber goods mfr)
Coverer, roller (printing)
Maker, bed, air
Mixer (rubber mfr)
Worker, rubber
Machinist, bias (rubber tyre mfr)
Turner, rubber
Operator, castings (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, heel
Worker, process (rubber reclamation)
Mixer, dry (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, cushion, table, billiard
Operator, extruder (rubber goods mfr)
Stamper, rubber (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, cushion, air
Maker, tube, flexible
Presser, hot (rubber goods mfr)
Worker, ebonite
Hand, mill, rubber
Machinist, extruding (rubber goods mfr)
Coverer, rubber (cable mfr)
Trimmer (rubber mfr)
Caster, roller
Compounder (rubber mfr)
Moulder (rubber goods mfr)
Presser, belt
Builder, tyre
Miller, rubber
Hand, mechanical (rubber goods mfr)
Stripper, rubber
Turner, vulcanite
Maker, block (rubber goods mfr)
Machinist, curing
Assistant, extrusion
Washer, rubber
Machinist, press (rubber goods mfr)
Retreader, tyre
Coverer, wire (insulated wire, cable mfr)
Spreader, rubber
Worker, mill, rubber
Stripper, tyre
Recoverer (rubber reclamation)
Shrinker (rubber goods mfr)
Coiler (rubber tubing mfr)
Cutter (rubber goods mfr)
Burner, mould (rubber tyre mfr)
Maker, pipe (rubber goods mfr)
Maker, cover, waterproof
Wirer, tyre
Maker, washer
Dipper (rubber mfr)
Foreman (rubber goods mfr)
Liner, pipe
Maker, hose
Flipper, bead
Winder, core (golf ball mfr)
Wrapper, bead (tyre mfr)
Turner, ebonite
Machinist, cutting (tyre mfr)
Operator, banbury (rubber mfr)
Machinist, forcing
Maker, packing, rubber