Consider Yourself a Master of Rubber – How to be a Belt Splicer

Consider Yourself a Master of Rubber – How to be a Belt Splicer

A Belt Splicer is as rare as hen’s teeth, but across Australia there are plenty of conveyor belts that require their skills to install and repair.  If you hadn’t noticed having this trade skill behind you is rare.  It wasn’t too long ago you would have to complete a Certificate III in Rubber, but as you know Industrial Standards change, courses, qualifications and job titles change.  A Belt Splicer or how it is now known ‘Conveyor Belt Technician’ can be achieved by completing a three year apprenticeship.  If you have prior learning on this trade you can fast tract it to a 18 month term.

Certificate III in Polymer Processing is the new courses name.  It seems they have thrown a lot of extra information into the qualification than it previously had.  After speaking with some employers about Belt Splicers and the prerequisites they require, it seems the old Cert III in Rubber will get you through, however saying this I do know about the big mining companies as they are starting to put their workers through this new apprenticeship.  Like all other trades they’re chasing workers with a good amount of experience.  They are after experience with all styles of Conveyor Belts – Steel cord belts, fabric conveyor belts and solid woven conveyor belts.

You’ll find yourself working in all industries that require process to be moved – Wharfs, Airports, Refineries, Mines, Quarries, Food Processing, Breweries and even Sushi train outlets.

There is no minimum education level and no minimum age of student to become a Conveyor Belt Technician.


Belt Splicer Duties and Tasks

  • Work safely
  • Apply quality standards
  • Prepare and start equipment for production
  • Produce reinforced conveyor belts
  • Remove and replace conveyor belts
  • Repair conveyor belt carcass
  • Repair conveyor belt covers
  • Splice steel cord conveyor belts
  • Splice fabric play conveyor belts
  • Splice solid woven conveyor belts
  • Modify existing compounds
  • Make minor modifications to products


Belt Splicer Personal Requirements

  • Enjoy practical outdoor work
  • Good hearing and vision
  • Physically fit
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to judge distances
  • Able to work at heights


Belt Splicer Job Opportunities

  • Mining and Heavy Industry Shutdowns
  • Mining and Heavy Industry Maintenance
  • Mining and Heavy Industry Construction


For more detail and to help guide you into the construction, mining or resources industries follow this free guide – How to Find a Job in the Mines (or Resources Industry) Guide


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.


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  1. Mel

    Thanks for the information – great insight into the industry and what it requires from potential employees.

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