Other Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators includes jobs like Thermoforming Machine Operator.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    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 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

    Other Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

    • 130 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 170 in 2011 to 130 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Other Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Retail Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 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: 13% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Manufacturing89.6
    Construction4.7
    Retail Trade2.8
    Administrative and Support Services2.8
    Other Industries0.1

    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.
    StateOther Plastics and Rubber Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW22.031.6
    VIC54.525.6
    QLD9.820.0
    SA5.77.0
    WA8.110.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    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 BracketOther Plastics and Rubber Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-245.0-9.39.3
    25-3427.5-22.922.9
    35-4421.7-22.022.0
    45-5423.3-21.621.6
    55-5915.0-9.09.0
    60-647.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther Plastics and Rubber Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree5.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV9.2-21.121.1
    Year 1236.7-18.118.1
    Year 118.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below34.9-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

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    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

      59% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      58% Skill level

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

    3. Education and Training

      50% Skill level

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

    4. English Language

      48% Skill level

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

    5. Chemistry

      45% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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    Demands

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

    1. Exposed to Contaminants

      96% Important

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

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

      93% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Contact With Others

      92% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    4. Spend Time Standing

      92% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      91% Important

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

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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, 51-9191.00 - Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders.

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