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


  • 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

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