Plastic. It’s hard to imagine life without this ingenious little polymer.

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What does it involve?

The plastics industry makes the plastic items we all use every day. These include plastic bags, plastic piping, plastic bottles, house guttering and plastic bins. They also produce custom-moulded plastic components for commercial use.

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Typical day

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How could I get into the industry?

You can join from school, with NCEA passes, or move into the industry from another manufacturing industry.

What kind of jobs could I do?

Jobs include:

  • Plastics Moulders
  • Production Operators
  • Technicians
  • Die Setters
  • Machine Setters
  • Tool Makers
  • Product Designers
  • Technologists
  • Plastics Engineers
  • Technical Managers
  • Production Managers

Plus there are opportunities to work in the types of roles that are common to all manufacturing processes (e.g. quality control).

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments

How much could I earn?

  • Newly Qualified

    $30k- $65k

Career pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

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