Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operators operate 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.

You can work as a Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Operates controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation.
  • Measures and loads materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms.
  • Monitors operation, regulates material supply and adds chemicals and colorants to mixture.
  • Examines output for defects and conformity to specifications.
  • Performs minor repairs and maintains production records.

All Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

  • $1,294 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operators

  • Unavailable Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Unavailable Full-Time Share
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  • Unavailable Average age
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The number of people working as Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 50 in 2011 to less than 50 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operators work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 6% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

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You can work as a Plastic Compounding and Reclamation Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence

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 Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking 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 Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    42% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Administration and management

    41% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  4. English language

    41% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Computers and electronics

    37% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Occupational Information Network
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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, 51-4021.00 - Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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.

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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. Pace of work set by equipment

    95% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  3. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  4. Frequent decision making

    92% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  5. Spend time standing

    89% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

Occupational Information Network
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, 51-4021.00 - Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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