Plastics Production Machine Operators (General) operate 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).

You can work as a Plastics Production Machine Operator (General) without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. While it is not needed, a course in Polymer Processing is 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.
  • Threads uncoated wire and cable through plastic coating machines, around take-up reels and through dies and cooling chambers.
  • Lays casings, beads, ply on moulds.
  • Operates rollers to remove air.
  • Operates presses and controls curing.
  • 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

Plastics Production Machine Operators (General)

  • 2,000 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Plastics Production Machine Operators (General) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,000 in 2011 to 2,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Plastics Production Machine Operators (General) work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in the Manufacturing industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (55%).
  • Gender: 13% 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)
Manufacturing91.7
Wholesale Trade2.3
Construction1.8
Administrative and Support Services1.3
Other Industries2.9

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 Production Machine Operators (General)All Jobs Average
NSW28.831.6
VIC38.125.6
QLD17.020.0
SA10.37.0
WA5.510.8
TAS0.32.0
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 Production Machine Operators (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-244.9-9.39.3
25-3415.8-22.922.9
35-4423.1-22.022.0
45-5431.1-21.621.6
55-5913.9-9.09.0
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

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 Production Machine Operators (General)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV26.5-21.121.1
Year 1224.7-18.118.1
Year 118.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below27.1-12.512.5

You can work as a Plastics Production Machine Operator (General) without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. While it is not needed, a course in Polymer Processing is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • Front End Loader Ticket
  • forklift licence
  • drug and alcohol test

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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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.

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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.

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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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