Plastics Operator

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What do they do?

Plastics operators produce the containers, pipes, bottles and other moulded plastic products that we use every day. They also produce components for commercial use such as in the medical, dairy, aeronautical and animal health industries.

A typical day

Typically, an eight-hour day which can involve shift work.

Plastics operators prepare raw materials and machinery for production, run and monitor the machines, identify, resolve and report on routine processing problems.

Sound like you?

Study areas
  • Sciences
  • Workshop Technology
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good initiative/‘can-do’ attitude
  • Good work habits/time management.
Helpful experience
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery.
Preferred work environments
  • Indoors (workshop or plant)



These can be useful from School:

  • NCEA level 2 Maths and English is recommended
  • Practical subjects such as Technology or Workshop Skills is recommended.
Entry level jobs

Traineeship or apprenticeship

  • Plastics Operator
  • Plastics Technician
  • Plastics Engineer
  • Plastics Die Setter
Advancing jobs

Higher learning

  • Team Leader
  • Manager
  • Factory Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Manager
Senior jobs

Higher learning

  • Business Owner

The logistics sector needs skilled people

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