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Plastics process operatives

£12,480 Average salary at age 20
£27,040 Average Salary
47 Average hours per week

Description

Plastics process operatives attend and operate moulding, extruding, thermoforming, calendering, covering, cutting and other process equipment to make and repair plastic products.

Main Tasks

  • Prepares machine for operation by affixing any necessary attachments;
  • Weighs and mixes ingredients, loads machine with plastic to be worked or regulates flow from feed conveyor or hopper;
  • Monitors controls regulating temperature, pressure, etc. and operates moulding, extruding, calendering, thermoforming and covering machines;
  • Inspects plastic products for defects, takes measurements and repairs plastic belting and sheathing;
  • Trims, cuts and performs other finishing operations on plastic using hand and machine tools;
  • Makes artificial eyes and contact lens discs, and makes and repairs spectacle frames and plastic parts of artificial limbs and other orthopaedic appliances.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job, supplemented by specialised courses. NVQs/SVQs in Plastic Processing Operations are available at Levels 1 and 2. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are available in some areas.

UK Prospects

20800 Workforce Size
12.71% Predicted decline 2021 - 2027
4967 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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