A plastics technician reviews the settings on a machine making plastic water bottles

Plastics Technician

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

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.

Occupation snapshot
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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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