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

    You can work as a Plastics Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • 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.

    All Other Technicians and Trades Workers

    • $1,146 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Plastics Technicians

    • 270 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Plastics Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 270 in 2011 to 270 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Plastics Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing81.3
    Construction3.3
    Other Services3.3
    Mining2.5
    Other Industries9.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePlastics TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.031.6
    VIC29.225.6
    QLD23.620.0
    SA7.47.0
    WA7.710.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPlastics TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.0-9.39.3
    25-3420.3-22.922.9
    35-4426.2-22.022.0
    45-5429.9-21.621.6
    55-5911.1-9.09.0
    60-647.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPlastics TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree8.0-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV37.8-21.121.1
    Year 1218.3-18.118.1
    Year 114.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below21.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Plastics Technician without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Health Industry, Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking and Property Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

    Employers look for Other Technicians and Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      55% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    2. Production and processing

      46% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    3. Mathematics

      41% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Education and training

      38% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    5. Engineering and technology

      36% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4072.00 - Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      100% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Spend time standing

      91% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    4. Exposure to contaminants

      90% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      87% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-4072.00 - Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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