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Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operator

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.

Overview

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.

Day-to-day

  • 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
  • performing minor repairs and maintaining production records.

Considerations

  • physically demanding.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,294 / week
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Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operator

  • You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in polymer processing might be helpful.

    Take a Certificate II in Process Plant Operations

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