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Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

ANZSCO ID 8392

Overview

All Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

  • $1,027 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing plastic and rubber products.

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in polymer processing may be useful.

Tasks
  • dumping material into hoppers of machines
  • stopping moulding machines and discharging contents
  • cutting foam products from foam blocks
  • cleaning, smoothing and waxing moulds for making products
  • brushing and spraying release agents onto moulds to assist with the removal of moulded products
  • building up layers of fibreglass and resin on moulds
  • cleaning work areas, tools and equipment
  • may smooth rough edges of moulds using files, grinders and sanders

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in polymer processing may be useful.

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 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

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

  5. Technical design

    49% Skill level

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

  6. Chemistry

    39% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    37% Skill level

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

  8. English language

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Physics

    31% Skill level

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

  10. Education and training

    30% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Customer and personal service

    27% Skill level

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

  13. Administration and management

    25% Skill level

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

  14. Psychology

    22% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  16. Building and construction

    21% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  17. Communications and media

    19% Skill level

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

  18. Clerical

    19% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    16% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Law and government

    11% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Operation and control

    48% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Repairing

    41% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  14. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Writing

    37% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    30% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Equipment selection

    30% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Visualization

    54% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  3. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Selective attention

    52% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  5. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Reaction time

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Auditory attention

    48% Skill level

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

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Hearing sensitivity

    43% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  18. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    80% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    80% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    51% Skill level

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

  6. Assessing and evaluating things

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Doing physically active work

    50% Skill level

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

  8. Communicating within a team

    50% Skill level

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

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    50% Skill level

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

  11. Working with mechanical equipment

    49% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Looking for changes over time

    44% Skill level

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

  16. Documenting or recording information

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Working with computers

    36% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    35% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    33% 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, 51-4081.00 - Multiple Machine Tool 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. Dangerous equipment

    94% Important

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

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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

    92% Important

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

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  7. Spend time standing

    86% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  8. Health and safety of others

    85% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  9. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Pace of work set by equipment

    77% Important

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

  12. Making repetitive motions

    76% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  13. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Contact with people

    75% Important

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

  15. Walking and running

    74% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  16. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    74% Important

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

  17. Unstructured work

    73% Important

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

  18. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Consequence of error

    72% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    70% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. Support

    71% 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

    48% 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. Working conditions

    40% Important

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

  4. 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.

  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

    33% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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.

All Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers

  • $1,027 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 25% female Gender Share

Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers perform routine tasks in manufacturing plastic and rubber products.

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in polymer processing may be useful.

Tasks
  • dumping material into hoppers of machines
  • stopping moulding machines and discharging contents
  • cutting foam products from foam blocks
  • cleaning, smoothing and waxing moulds for making products
  • brushing and spraying release agents onto moulds to assist with the removal of moulded products
  • building up layers of fibreglass and resin on moulds
  • cleaning work areas, tools and equipment
  • may smooth rough edges of moulds using files, grinders and sanders

You can work as a Plastics or Rubber Factory Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in polymer processing may be useful.

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 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

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

  5. Technical design

    49% Skill level

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

  6. Chemistry

    39% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    37% Skill level

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

  8. English language

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Physics

    31% Skill level

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

  10. Education and training

    30% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Customer and personal service

    27% Skill level

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

  13. Administration and management

    25% Skill level

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

  14. Psychology

    22% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    21% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  16. Building and construction

    21% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  17. Communications and media

    19% Skill level

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

  18. Clerical

    19% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    16% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Law and government

    11% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Operation and control

    48% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Repairing

    41% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  14. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Writing

    37% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    30% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Equipment selection

    30% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Visualization

    54% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  3. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Selective attention

    52% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  5. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Reaction time

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Auditory attention

    48% Skill level

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

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  12. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Hearing sensitivity

    43% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  18. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    80% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    80% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    51% Skill level

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

  6. Assessing and evaluating things

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Doing physically active work

    50% Skill level

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

  8. Communicating within a team

    50% Skill level

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

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    50% Skill level

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

  11. Working with mechanical equipment

    49% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Researching and investigating

    44% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Looking for changes over time

    44% Skill level

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

  16. Documenting or recording information

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Working with computers

    36% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    35% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    33% 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, 51-4081.00 - 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.

Filter Work Environment

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. Dangerous equipment

    94% Important

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

  3. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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

    92% Important

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

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  7. Spend time standing

    86% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  8. Health and safety of others

    85% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  9. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Pace of work set by equipment

    77% Important

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

  12. Making repetitive motions

    76% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  13. Frequent decision making

    75% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Contact with people

    75% Important

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

  15. Walking and running

    74% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  16. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    74% Important

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

  17. Unstructured work

    73% Important

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

  18. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Consequence of error

    72% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    70% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. Support

    71% 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

    48% 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. Working conditions

    40% Important

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

  4. 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.

  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

    33% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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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.
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