An extruder operator earns $30,000 or more per year.


What does extruder operator Catherine Dupont have in common with the famous explorer Christopher Columbus? Columbus was looking for gold and he found rubber. Catherine just finds rubber is worth its weight in gold. To her, anyway.

Catherine makes a great living keeping the production line running in top form at Saargummi, transforming rubber into a range of products for the automotive industry.

Did you know? An average car has about 300 different rubber parts.

Did you know that the Aztecs, the Mayans and the Olmecs considered rubber to be sacred? They used it to make balls for a ceremonial game. The game resembled modern day tennis and was often used instead of warfare to settle conflicts.

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Catherine's employer is constantly looking for ways to stimulate and promote employee interest in the work. Theory meets reality as committees join engineers and workers to problem solve, creating team interest and job satisfaction. Add benefits, paid vacation and maternity leave to the mix and you've got great work conditions.


Education: In-house company training; graphic arts courses; diploma in special education.

Hobbies: Skiing, rollerblading, hiking.