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Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

ANZSCO ID 7115

Overview

All Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

  • $1,294 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 7,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in polymer processing might be helpful.

Tasks
  • operating controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation
  • measuring and loading materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring operation, regulating material supply and adding chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • threading uncoated wire and cable through plastic coating machines, around take-up reels and through dies and cooling chambers
  • laying casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds
  • operating rollers to remove air
  • operating vulcaniser presses and controlling curing
  • examining output for defects and conformity to specifications
  • performing minor repairs and maintaining production records

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in polymer processing might be helpful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

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. 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

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  6. English language

    36% Skill level

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

  7. Physics

    35% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  8. Chemistry

    35% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Computers and electronics

    30% Skill level

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

  11. Psychology

    26% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  12. Technical design

    24% Skill level

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

  13. Customer and personal service

    23% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  14. Public safety and security

    21% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Clerical

    14% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Communications and media

    11% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Medicine and dentistry

    9% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  19. Law and government

    7% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Telecommunications

    5% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    55% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Operation and control

    54% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  4. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  8. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  9. Critical thinking

    37% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  10. Repairing

    37% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  11. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Time management

    34% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Active learning

    32% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    30% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Coordination with others

    29% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Equipment selection

    29% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    48% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  3. Auditory attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  6. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Reaction time

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  11. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  13. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  15. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  16. Rate control

    43% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  17. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    79% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    73% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Working with mechanical equipment

    53% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Building good relationships

    52% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    52% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Communicating within a team

    50% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Doing physically active work

    49% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    48% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    47% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    45% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    41% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    40% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Researching and investigating

    38% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Coordinating the work of a team

    37% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  17. Training and teaching others

    36% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Collecting and organising information

    35% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    35% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    32% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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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.

Work Environment

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. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Spend time standing

    91% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  6. Dangerous equipment

    85% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  7. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    84% Important

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

  8. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    79% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Contact with people

    79% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Pace of work set by equipment

    79% Important

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

  13. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    78% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  14. Unstructured work

    77% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  16. Health and safety of others

    75% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Physically close to people

    75% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  18. Walking and running

    73% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  19. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  20. Teamwork

    69% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    43% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    38% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    33% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    29% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    29% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    52% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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, 51-4072.00 - Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

All Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators

  • $1,294 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 7,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators operate machines to manufacture and finish plastic and rubber products.

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in polymer processing might be helpful.

Tasks
  • operating controls to regulate temperature, pressure, speed and flow of operation
  • measuring and loading materials, items and ingredients for mixing into machines and feeding mechanisms
  • monitoring operation, regulating material supply and adding chemicals and colorants to mixture
  • threading uncoated wire and cable through plastic coating machines, around take-up reels and through dies and cooling chambers
  • laying casings, beads, ply and rubber sheets on moulds
  • operating rollers to remove air
  • operating vulcaniser presses and controlling curing
  • examining output for defects and conformity to specifications
  • performing minor repairs and maintaining production records

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in polymer processing might be helpful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Plastics, Rubber & Cablemaking VET training pathways.

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

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  6. English language

    36% Skill level

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

  7. Physics

    35% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  8. Chemistry

    35% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Computers and electronics

    30% Skill level

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

  11. Psychology

    26% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  12. Technical design

    24% Skill level

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

  13. Customer and personal service

    23% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  14. Public safety and security

    21% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  15. Clerical

    14% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Communications and media

    11% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  18. Medicine and dentistry

    9% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  19. Law and government

    7% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Telecommunications

    5% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    55% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  2. Operation and control

    54% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  4. Active listening

    43% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  6. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  8. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  9. Critical thinking

    37% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  10. Repairing

    37% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  11. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Time management

    34% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Active learning

    32% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    30% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Coordination with others

    29% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  20. Equipment selection

    29% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    48% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  3. Auditory attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Control precision

    45% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  6. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  8. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Reaction time

    45% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  11. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  13. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  15. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  16. Rate control

    43% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  17. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  18. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    79% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    73% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  4. Working with mechanical equipment

    53% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  5. Building good relationships

    52% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    52% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  8. Communicating within a team

    50% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Doing physically active work

    49% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    48% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    47% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    45% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    41% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    40% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  15. Researching and investigating

    38% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Coordinating the work of a team

    37% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  17. Training and teaching others

    36% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  18. Collecting and organising information

    35% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    35% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    32% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

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, 51-4072.00 - Molding, Coremaking, and Casting 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. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Spend time standing

    91% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Exposure to contaminants

    90% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  6. Dangerous equipment

    85% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  7. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    84% Important

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

  8. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    79% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Contact with people

    79% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  12. Pace of work set by equipment

    79% Important

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

  13. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    78% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  14. Unstructured work

    77% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  15. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  16. Health and safety of others

    75% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Physically close to people

    75% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  18. Walking and running

    73% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  19. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  20. Teamwork

    69% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    43% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    38% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    33% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    29% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    29% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    52% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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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