Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders
SOC: 51-9191.00


Operate or tend bonding machines that use adhesives to join items for further processing or to form a completed product. Processes include joining veneer sheets into plywood; gluing paper; or joining rubber and rubberized fabric parts, plastic, simulated leather, or other materials.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
18,400 employed

Projected (2024):
17,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Automatic Gluing Machine Operator
  • Automobile Brake Bonder
  • Band Builder
  • Band Edger
  • Bead Preparer
  • Blanket Winder Operator
  • Board Liner Operator
  • Bonder
  • Bonding Machine Operator
  • Bonding Molder
  • Book Jacket Cover Machine Operator
  • Bottomer Operator
  • Box Lining Machine Feeder
  • Box Lining Machine Operator
  • Box Sealing Machine Operator
  • Brush Head Maker
  • Bulk Folder
  • Bulk Pallet Builder
  • Bulk Sealer
  • Bulk Sealer Operator
  • Card Decorator
  • Case Making Machine Operator
  • Casing Operator
  • Cementer
  • Cementing Bulk Material Operator
  • Cementing Machine Operator
  • Channel Cementer
  • Chip Applying Machine Tender
  • Coater Operator
  • Collet Gluer
  • Core Composer Machine Tender
  • Core Laying Machine Operator
  • Core Machine Tender
  • Cover Stripper
  • Crown Assembly Machine Operator
  • Custom Applicator
  • Doweling Machine Operator
  • Dual Hose Cementer
  • Edge Bonder
  • Edge Glue Machine Tender
  • Edge Gluer
  • Electric Sealing Machine Operator
  • Electronic Heat Seal Operator
  • Ending Machine Operator
  • Envelope Sealer
  • Extension Edger
  • Glass Wool Blanket Machine Feeder
  • Glue Jointer Operator
  • Glue Line Operator
  • Glue Machine Operator
  • Glue Mounter Operator
  • Glue Reel Operator
  • Glue Size Machine Operator
  • Glue Sprayer
  • Glue Spreading Machine Operator
  • Glue Wheel Operator
  • Gluer
  • Gluer Machine Operator
  • Gluing Crew Leader
  • Gluing Pressman
  • Gummer
  • Gumming Machine Operator
  • Handle Machine Operator
  • Hat Lining Paster
  • Hat Stock Laminating Machine Operator
  • Heat Seal Operator
  • Heat Sealing Machine Operator
  • Hot Plate Plywood Press Operator
  • Label Paster
  • Laminating Machine Operator
  • Lamp Shade Joiner
  • Liner Machine Operator
  • Looseleaf Binder Coverer
  • Machine Applicator Cementer
  • Machine Cementer
  • Machine Cementer and Folder
  • Machine Edge Bander
  • Machine Joiner Cementer
  • Machine Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Masking Machine Operator
  • Panel Flow Machine Operator
  • Paper Gluing Operator
  • Paper Sealer
  • Patch Machine Operator
  • Perfect Bind Machine Operator
  • Ply Bander
  • Plywood Layup Line Core Feeder
  • Pocket Builder
  • Process Assistant
  • Roll Builder
  • Sealer
  • Sealer Operator
  • Sealing Machine Operator
  • Ski Topper
  • Splicer Operator
  • Spool Maker
  • Spreader Operator
  • Stock Roller
  • Stripper
  • Stripping Machine Operator
  • Tape Maker
  • Tape Making Machine Operator
  • Taper Operator
  • Tipper
  • Utility Worker
  • V-Belt Builder
  • Veneer Glue Spreader
  • Wood Gluer
  • Wrapping Machine Operator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Examine and measure completed materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as tape measures, gauges, or calipers.
  • Adjust machine components according to specifications such as widths, lengths, and thickness of materials and amounts of glue, cement, or adhesive required.
  • Monitor machine operations to detect malfunctions and report or resolve problems.
  • Read work orders and communicate with coworkers to determine machine and equipment settings and adjustments and supply and product specifications.
  • Fill machines with glue, cement, or adhesives.
  • Mount or load material such as paper, plastic, wood, or rubber in feeding mechanisms of cementing or gluing machines.
  • Maintain production records such as quantities, dimensions, and thicknesses of materials processed.
  • Start machines, and turn valves or move controls to feed, admit, apply, or transfer materials and adhesives, and to adjust temperature, pressure, and time settings.
  • Perform test production runs and make adjustments as necessary to ensure that completed products meet standards and specifications.
  • Remove jammed materials from machines and readjust components as necessary to resume normal operations.
  • Align and position materials being joined to ensure accurate application of adhesive or heat sealing.
  • Observe gauges, meters, and control panels to obtain information about equipment temperatures and pressures, or the speed of feeders or conveyors.
  • Remove and stack completed materials or products, and restock materials to be joined.
  • Clean and maintain gluing and cementing machines, using solutions, lubricants, brushes, and scrapers.
  • Transport materials, supplies, and finished products between storage and work areas, using forklifts.
  • Measure and mix ingredients to prepare glue.
  • Depress pedals to lower electrodes that heat and seal edges of material.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adhesive feeders
  • Adhesive melters
  • Adhesive meters
  • Adhesive pattern controllers
  • Adhesive pumps
  • Air compressors
  • Automatic glue spreaders
  • Beta gauges
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Digital calipers
  • Drum pumps
  • Edge gluers
  • Electric heat guns
  • Extrusion laminators
  • Fiberization guns
  • Fiberized spray applicators
  • Folder gluer machines
  • Folding carton gluers
  • Hot melt adhesive hoses
  • Hot melt applicators
  • Hot melt roll coaters
  • Hot melt sensors
  • Measuring tapes
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Nonmetallic brushes
  • Offset socket wrench sets
  • Operator consoles
  • Pin type probes
  • Pressure tanks
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Protective glasses
  • Spine glue systems
  • Spray glue systems
  • Top coat gluers
  • Torque wrenches
  • Ultrasonic tanks
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220