Plastics Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing plastic goods.

Also known as: Plastics Process Hand.

Specialisations: Cellular Plastics Cutter, Fibreglass Lay Up Worker.

You can work as a Plastics Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in polymer processing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Dumps material into hoppers of machines.
  • Stop moulding machines and discharge contents.
  • Cut foam products from foam blocks.
  • Clean, smooth and wax moulds for making products.
  • Brush and spray release agents onto moulds to assist with the removal of moulded products.
  • Build up layers of fibreglass and resin on moulds.
  • Clean work areas, tools and equipment.
  • May smooth rough edges of moulds using files, grinders and sanders.

More about Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

All Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

  • $1,027 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Plastics Factory Workers

  • 1,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Plastics Factory Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Plastics Factory Workers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Wholesale Trade; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 28% 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)
Manufacturing86.3
Wholesale Trade3.1
Construction2.7
Administrative and Support Services1.6
Other Industries6.3

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 Factory WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW23.931.6
VIC40.925.6
QLD18.220.0
SA10.17.0
WA5.610.8
TAS1.32.0
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 BracketPlastics Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.9-5.05.0
20-248.4-9.39.3
25-3416.8-22.922.9
35-4420.5-22.022.0
45-5427.4-21.621.6
55-5912.8-9.09.0
60-647.5-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

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 Factory WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV14.5-21.121.1
Year 1227.4-18.118.1
Year 1110.5-4.84.8
Year 10 and below36.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Plastics Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in polymer processing might be helpful.

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 Factory Workers who work well in a team, can communicate clearly and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    66% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Production and Processing

    51% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and Technology

    49% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Design

    49% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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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, 51-4081.00 - Multiple Machine Tool 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

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

  2. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    94% Important

    How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    93% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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

    92% Important

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

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    89% Important

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

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, 51-4081.00 - Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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