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Becoming a Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)
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Becoming a Plastics Production Machine Operator (General)

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Operates extruding, injection moulding and blow moulding machines to produce finished plastic products.
Training time 1 year
Avg. weekly wage $792
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 3,600

What does a Plastics Production Machine Operator (General) do?

  • operating controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation
  • measuring and loading materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring operation, regulating material supply and adding chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • threading uncoated wire and cable through plastic coating machines, around take-up reels and through dies and cooling chambers
  • laying casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds
  • operating rollers to remove air
  • operating vulcaniser presses and controlling curing
  • examining output for defects and conformity to specifications

Specialisations

  • Blow Moulding Machine Operator
  • Extruding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Injection Moulding Machine Operator (Plastics)
  • Lamination Machine Operator
  • Plastic Production Machine Setter
  • Rotational Moulding Operator (Plastics)

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