Plastics Fabricator or Welders operate machines to measure, cut, shape, fit and assemble plastics materials to produce plastic products.

Specialisations: Acrylic Fabricator, Vinyl Welder and Fabricator.

You can work as a Plastics Fabricator or Welder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Selects appropriate equipment and materials.
  • Cleans and prepares surfaces.
  • 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.
  • Lays casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds.
  • Operates rollers to remove air.
  • Operates vulcaniser 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 Fabricators and Welders

  • 930 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Plastics Fabricators and Welders (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 900 in 2011 to 930 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Plastics Fabricators and Welders work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Mining.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% 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)
Manufacturing54.2
Construction21.6
Mining11.8
Other Services3.1
Other Industries9.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 Fabricators and WeldersAll Jobs Average
NSW16.731.6
VIC19.325.6
QLD31.120.0
SA6.37.0
WA22.510.8
TAS2.72.0
NT1.41.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPlastics Fabricators and WeldersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.5-5.05.0
20-248.6-9.39.3
25-3427.0-22.922.9
35-4425.2-22.022.0
45-5421.4-21.621.6
55-598.1-9.09.0
60-645.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 Fabricators and WeldersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV45.7-21.121.1
Year 1217.1-18.118.1
Year 117.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below22.7-12.512.5

You can work as a Plastics Fabricator or Welder 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:

  • Poly Welding (Butt Welding) Ticket
  • Poly Welding (Electrofusion) Ticket
  • construction induction card (white card)
  • forklift licence
  • driver's 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. 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

    The 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

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Exposed to Contaminants

    90% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  5. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    87% Important

    How much time do you spend 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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