Plastics Technician

Plastics Technicians set up, adjust, repair and troubleshoot machines which manufacture plastics products.
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    Overview

    Plastics Technicians set up, adjust, repair and troubleshoot machines which manufacture plastics products.

    Day-to-day

    • sets up the die (mould for shaping the product) to produce a plastic product
    • prepares the line-changing equipment
    • changes the equipment in the machines so they produce different products
    • starts up and shuts down the machines
    • sets and records a machine's conditions such as heat, pressure and vacuum levels
    • makes sure the product complies with the specifications
    • fixes process problems if products do not meet the required standard
    • conducts basic quality control tests
    • fabricates equipment
    • designs equipment
    • fixes or organises the fixing of machines.

    To become a Plastics Technician

    • You can work as a Plastics Technician without formal qualifications, however, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in polymer technology may be useful. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

      Take a Certificate IV in Polymer Technology