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"Lamination as a Career" is designed to provide boat manufacturers with a tool to acquaint prospective employees with the specialized career of marine lamination. This course-ware is also highly useful as a refresher course for current laminators on topics such as on the job safety.

Part 1 - Careers in Lamination

  • Introduction of the lamination process
  • Importance of a team process involved in lamination

Part 2 - Catalysts and Resins

  • Explores the history of boatbuilding leading to the use of fiberglass as a building material
  • Basic Chemistry effecting laminates
  • How temperatures affect the lamination process
  • Importance of catalysts in the process of gel time and cure time

Part 3 - Lamination Process

  • Basic best practices in the lamination process including:
    • Gel Coat
    • Skin Coat
    • Core Materials
  • Importance of proper maintenance of equipment
  • Proper inspection practices for detection of laminate defects

Part 4 - On the Job Safety

  • Proper safety procedures or the handling of chemicals
  • Necessary safety equipment needed to be worn during certain phases of the lamination process
  • OSHA requirements of a respirator test
  • Processes for fire safety

This program provides a basic demonstration of lamination methods in the marine industry. While the program seeks to illustrate industry best practices, responsibility for proper operations and procedures remains with the specific facility. Operators should always consult the operation manuals for the facility and equipment, as well as current regulatory requirements for the complete and up-to-date information. NMMA and ABYC expressly disclaim any warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied and shall not be liable for damages of any kind in connection with the material, methods, information, techniques, opinions, or procedures expressed, presented or demonstrated.
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