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Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.
Operates extruding machines to encase wire, cord, cable and optic fibre in plastic or rubber.
Specialisations: Insulation Extruder Operator, Optic Fibre Drawer, Wire Drawer (Plastics)
Operates mixing and grinding machines to prepare plastic powders and liquid blends, and recycle waste plastic materials from factory operations.
Specialisations: Pelletising Extruder Operator, Powder Hand (Plastics), Shredder/Granulator Operator
Operates machines to measure, cut, shape, fit and assemble plastics materials to produce plastic products.
Specialisations: Acrylic Fabricator, Vinyl Welder and Fabricator
Operates extruding, injection moulding and blow moulding machines to produce finished plastic products.
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)
Operates machines to apply gelcoat, colouring and fibre reinforced plastic to moulds to produce fibreglass and laminated products.
Specialisations: Fibreglass Gun Hand, Fibreglass Laminator, Resin Transfer Moulding Machine Operator
Operates machines to manufacture rubber products such as tyres.
Specialisations: Rubber Belt Splicer, Rubber Compounder, Rubber Extrusion Machine Operator, Rubber Knitting and Reinforcing Machine Operator, Rubber Moulding Machine Operator, Rubber Roller Grinder Operator, Tyre Builder, Tyre Retreader
Includes Thermoforming Machine Operator
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 9,200 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 8,900. Around 5,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Planning and coordination of people and resources.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Controlling equipment or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Operate machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.
Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How much time do you spend standing?
How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.