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Summary of occupation

Plastics Technicians set up, adjust, repair and troubleshoot machines which manufacture plastic products.
Tasks can include checking, calibrating and regulating machines and conducting basic quality control tests. Plastics Technicians may also fix process problems that do not meet the required standard

ANZSCO description: Sets up, adjusts, repairs and troubleshoots  machines which manufacture plastics products.
Alternative names: Plastics Fitter
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

Plastics Technicians should:

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • be physically fit
  • be good at technical activities
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • enjoy working with machinery
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Working conditions

Plastics Technicians work indoors in offices, factories and workshops. The workspace is usually clean, heated and ventilated. Standing and walking is frequent and stretching and/or twisting movements are likely to be required setting up machines.

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Salary details

On average, plastics technicians, classified under other miscellaneous technicians and trades workers, can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a plastics technician develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Hand tools are used frequently including tools for minor maintenance repairs

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a plastics technician without formal qualifications and get training on the job.

You can also complete a traineeship. The polymer technology traineeship usually takes 36 months to complete.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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